The inaugural Africa Conference on Healthcare Delivery was held June 12-14, 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria. The theme of the conference was “Advancing Effectiveness and Efficiency in Health Supply Chain Management for Improved Health Outcomes in the African Region”.


The conference provided an in-depth analysis of issues and strategies for improving effectiveness and efficiency of health supply chains in the African region. The keynote address was given by Martin Ellis, Head of Supply Chain at the Global Fund. Martin highlighted the need to offer more support to countries that lack national supply chain capabilities and capacity. Two issues must be addressed, to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of Ministries of Health and national supply chain operations, and to ensure that there is an open and free market for the private sector.