The Brief: Ghana Health Service Scales Telemedicine Service, ENGIE Acquisition Accelerates West and Central Africa Expansion

Ghana Health Service Rolls Out Telemedicine Programme After Pilot Success

Following the success of the telemedicine service pilot, which initially started in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti region in 2011, the Novartis Foundation and Ghana Health Service have announced that the service is to be rolled out nationally.

Through the use of mobile technology, the service connects community health workers with specialist health professionals via 24-hour teleconsultation centres. Experienced medical staff in the teleconsultation centres coach community health workers and advise them on the treatment of their patients.

In 2016 alone more than half of the teleconsultations where resolved via phone, with nearly a third avoiding referrals. The service will have major ramifications for rural areas where access to specialist care is limited due to transport challenges.

“We want to make sure that by 2020, everybody can have access to quality affordable healthcare in Ghana, irrespective of where you are. I see telemedicine as the next step on the path to achieving Universal Health Coverage in Ghana.” said Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director General of Ghana Health Service.

“We’re very proud to have been a part of this partnership, all the way from the pilot model to the roadmap for national implementation,” said Dr. Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation. “Working with policy makers to integrate initiatives like telemedicine into health systems is the ultimate goal for us – only with sustained government leadership can such initiatives continue to transform healthcare for years to come.”

ENGIE Acquisition of Afric Power and Tieri to Accelerates West and Central Africa Expansion

An agreement has been signed by ENGIE to acquire Afric Power and Tieri, two energy services companies with a combined workforce of more than 140 people specialising in the design, installation and maintenance of electrical systems and automated control mechanisms in West Africa.

Located in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, the companies will provide ENGIE with a regional platform to offer energy installation and maintenance services.

Philippe Miquel, Regional Manager of ENGIE West and Central Africa, says: “Afric Power and Tieri have both made their mark in the region and built up a diverse customer portfolio by focusing on quality, proximity and innovation. We fully share these values and are convinced that this solid foundation combined with ENGIE’s expertise, financial clout and international credentials will enable us to quickly establish the integrated energy service provider the region needs.”

Active in Africa for over 50 years, ENGIE is working to become a partner of choice in ten African countries for power plants, energy services to businesses and decentralised solutions for off-grid customers, by 2025.