he second edition of Africa Health ExCon, the largest healthcare exhibition in Africa, recently concluded in Cairo, Egypt, drawing participants from local, regional, and global medical companies. With the theme “Your Gate to Innovation and Trade,” the four-day event brought together exhibitors from approximately 90 countries, including Egypt, the United States, Germany, France, Russia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and China. The exhibition provided a platform for showcasing the latest products, services, and innovations in the healthcare industry, aiming to explore the vast potential and opportunities in the African market. In this article, we delve into the highlights of the expo, featuring exhibitors, medical advancements, and the positive impact on healthcare professionals and businesses in Southern Africa.
Africa Health ExCon served as a global stage for medical companies to present their cutting-edge solutions. Local Egyptian exhibitors, like Euromed, emphasised their globally competitive medical supplies, highlighting the country’s production capabilities. Euromed, an Egyptian medical device manufacturer, showcased a range of products including disposable needles, injection syringes, medical tubes, oxygen masks, and nebulizer masks. The event also attracted prominent international players such as China’s Comen Medical Instruments Co Ltd., known for its neonatal and general intensive care units, and Star Sports Medicine, displaying sports medicine instruments used in clinical procedures.
Medical conferences and workshops held alongside the exhibition drew significant interest from health professionals, including physicians, medical engineers, hospital operators, and aspiring medical students. Attendees, such as Mariam Abdullah Mahmoud, a Somali studying medicine at Egypt’s Ain Shams University, expressed their eagerness to witness the progress of medicine on the African continent. The expo provided a vital platform for African health professionals to interact, connect, unite, and exchange knowledge, with the ultimate goal of improving healthcare standards across Africa.
Beyond innovation and knowledge exchange, Africa Health ExCon also facilitated business partnerships and expansion opportunities. Ahmed El-Aref, an Egyptian medical engineer and business owner, highlighted the expo as a window into the latest technologies in medical devices while fostering valuable business ties. International companies like Thuasne from Germany and Siemens from France recognized the dynamic nature of the African market, seeking new distributors and partners in Egypt and Africa.
Egypt’s Commitment to the African Healthcare Sector:
The Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement, Medical Supply, and the Management of Medical Technology (UPA) played a pivotal role in organising the event. Mary Kirollos, the director of UPA’s Central Administration of Health Technology Management, stressed Egypt’s commitment to playing a positive role in the healthcare sector throughout Africa. The aim is to establish the expo as an annual hub for healthcare firms and institutions to meet, communicate, exchange trade, knowledge, and technology.
Africa Health ExCon’s second edition proved to be a significant milestone in showcasing the latest advancements, products, and services in the healthcare industry. With participants from around 90 countries, the exhibition demonstrated the increasing interest in the African market and the potential for growth and collaboration. The event not only provided a platform for innovative healthcare solutions but also fostered connections among professionals, paving the way for improved healthcare practices across Africa. As Egypt aims to strengthen its role in the sector, the expo is set to become an annual hub for trade, knowledge sharing, and technological advancements in the African healthcare landscape.