The Africa Working Group is jointly operated by the GHA – German Health Alliance and the German-African Business Association (“Afrika-Verein”). In this way, the broad spectrum of in-depth competences in health covered by the GHA and its members is combined with the special regional and country-related expertise of the Afrika-Verein. This specific interconnectedness represents a particular added value for members of both organisations.

The joint working group emerged from the close cooperation within the framework of the establishment of the German-African Healthcare Forum in 2014 and as a result of the “lessons learned” from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which led to the establishment of the multi-sectoral “Action Group on Ebola Action” in the same year.

The German-African Healthcare Forum has subsequently developed into the leading conference of German-African cooperation in the health sector. This conference, which is held annually in conjunction and close partnership with the World Health Summit in Berlin, usually attracts up to more than 200 participants from all sectors, including decision-makers from business, politics, science & academia, NGOs and foundations. A specific feature of this health forum is the high presence of African health ministers and representatives of international organisations. The leitmotif and core topics of the agenda as well as the appointment of speakers for this conference are mainly developed and proposed by the Africa Working Group.

In addition, the Africa Working Group develops position papers with regard to the special challenges, opportunities and potentials arising from the need for stable, resilient health systems in countries on the African continent. Strengthening health systems as a basic prerequisite and foundation for non-discriminatory access to universal, quality-oriented healthcare is a particular focus. In this context, the basic idea that without economic efficiency and stability there cannot be sufficient sustainability to be able to improve health care on a broad scale also comes into play.

In this respect, the Africa Working Group of GHA and Afrika-Verein has a special position and role at the interfaces of health in development cooperation, global health and Africa-related foreign trade and business and follows the GHA’s mission statement particularly closely.

  • Two Working Group meetings a year, organised jointly with the Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.
  • Preparation, support and implementation of delegation visits (incoming & outgoing)
  • Close interaction with the GHA Expert Groups and other GHA Working Groups
  • Jour fixe of the Working Group Chair(s) with the GHA Board of Directors
  • Working Group Report from the chair(s) at the annual GHA general assembly
  • Establishment and use of a dedicated Africa E-mail distribution list for WG members via GHA website and newsletter function

Kerstin Heimel-Ventura

Director Internation

al Development Cooperation

Global Government Affairs & Market Access
B. Braun SE

Mario Geissler

International Account Manager Professional
Essential Healthcare
Sysmex Europe SE

Nigeria & Sierra Leone

Evelyn Castle
eHealth Africa

Southern Africa

Gerard van Driel
Draegerwerk AG & Co. KGaA

West and Central Africa

Petty Nwinitcha Tanghanwaye Nmo
B. Braun

East Africa

Daniel Tertel
Bayer East Africa (Ltd)

Marie Erbacher

GHA Office Berlin
T: +49 30 2028 1699