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Challenge

In addition to presenting a global health emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed underlying weaknesses in healthcare in developing countries that have left communities more vulnerable to both communicable and chronic disease. In Sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated one million people suffer from chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis.

Solution and Impact

A DFC loan is supporting the expansion of Africa Healthcare Network, the first dialysis chain in Sub-Saharan Africa focused on expanding access to affordable and quality care. Africa Healthcare Network will use the loan to improve dialysis care in existing hospitals in Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda, while establishing clinics to screen for kidney disease as well as registries for patients who are at risk.

In addition to expanding support for some of the people whose underlying health conditions make them especially vulnerable to COVID, the project helps to address a growing challenge of non-communicable diseases in Africa.

As women hold four of the six leadership positions at Africa Healthcare Network, DFC's investment also supports the agency's 2X Women's Initiative to advance women's economic empowerment.

Photo Credit: Africa Healthcare Network