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Dr. Peter Botha

MOZAMBIQUE - Health & Education

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CEO, Africa Medical Investments (AMI)

Bio

Dr. Peter Botha has an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare arena in southern Africa, developed over the course of his career, which included leading Liberty Health as its CEO. Liberty Health interests cover medical schemes, information technology systems, employee wellness, medical risk management, and healthcare administration in South Africa and emerging African markets. Before joining Liberty Health, Dr. Botha held the position of CEO for Momentum Health Africa, one of the largest private health insurers in Africa, and led African Life Health as the company’s CEO until its acquisition by Momentum Health in 2006.

How does AMI Hospital Maputo encourage people to stay in Mozambique for hospital treatment? We are a commercial and business venture. I have worked in Africa for the last 14 […]

How does AMI Hospital Maputo encourage people to stay in Mozambique for hospital treatment?

We are a commercial and business venture. I have worked in Africa for the last 14 years, and the challenge is that African private hospital patients tend to leave for Europe, India, or South Africa. Our hospital in Maputo is a specialist hospital that focuses on the needs of the community, and includes maternity, women’s health, children’s health, and specialized surgery departments. The hospital specializes in medical and surgical disciplines and has 35 beds, a delivery room, a 24-hour emergency center, an X-ray department, a CT scan center, 3D ultrasound machines, three ICU beds, two neonatal ICU beds, and two theaters. We believe that by having this mix, we are able to retain most of the care related to those conditions in our facility. The expatriate and affluent communities will generally select medical treatment outside of Mozambique. From our perspective, we are also trying to keep those patients here or compete with the South African provision of treatment for various conditions.

How has the uptake been since the hospital opened in 2010?

Revenues have steadily increased since we opened in 2010, so there is definitely a demand for private hospital care. There is enough credit demand from health insurers and large corporates to send their employees to the hospital to complement cash-paying consumers. My philosophy is that you have to set up the right mix at the hospital to address the appropriate demands in Maputo. Our patients are overwhelmingly local.

What are your plans for growth?

We are a focused specialist hospital for women, children, and surgery. Other hospitals are larger and more general. If you find a niche then there is definitely room for opportunity. At this stage, we are focusing on opening a facility in Tete as well as our existing 35-bed hospital in Maputo. Tete is growing extremely fast and there is definitely a need for a health facility. From an opportunity perspective, everything points to Tete over other locations at the moment. We don’t have any immediate plans to go anywhere else in Mozambique.

“Revenues have steadily increased since we opened in 2010, so there is definitely a demand for private hospital care.”

How do you overcome hurdles in terms of hiring qualified medical professionals?

It is a problem. In terms of specialists, it is difficult, but they are there and we are able to find them. In essence, you do have to go abroad to fill some positions. However, there are adequate nursing resources available here as well as paramedics. Mozambican doctors, if they leave, go mostly to South America, the EU, or the US. There are excellent specialists in Mozambique, and they do well in their own right, but it is difficult for a private hospital to attract them because essentially they can pick and choose where they work.

AMI currently operates in Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. How significant is Mozambique to your portfolio?

At the moment, it is the most significant part of our portfolio. I think it will become one of the most effective countries for our investments. We plan to go into other countries in West Africa. Obviously, there are much bigger markets out there. Mozambique will always be one of our top markets, but you can’t compare somewhere like Nigeria to Mozambique. We are looking at Nigeria and possibly other countries like Uganda and Ghana.

How would you characterize Mozambique’s healthcare market, and which areas would you identify as most attractive for investment?

Mozambique has an immature private healthcare sector. It is surprising that investment has started at the private hospital level. There is definitely an opportunity for development in private healthcare at the primary level. There is a lot of potential for investment in pharmaceuticals and consumables distribution, and there is also an opportunity in medical information systems. Essentially, there are opportunities all along the medical value chain, and this is necessary for the maturation of the market.

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