Elekta has joined the IFC’s Africa Medical Equipment Facility (AMEF) to increase access to cancer treatment on the continent.

Elekta joins a roster of partners who are improving access to medical equipment and supplies to healthcare providers across Africa. Elekta’s participation in the IFC led facility will help hospitals and clinics in Africa obtain and service radiotherapy and oncology equipment used to treat cervical, breast, brain, lung, and other types of cancer.

The Africa Medical Equipment Facility (AMEF) works with partner financial institutions and medical equipment manufacturers to make funding available to smaller African healthcare providers so that they can purchase equipment needed to deliver care to patients.

“Technology can only improve care when it is accessible to everyone who may benefit from it,” said Habib Nehme, Elekta’s Executive Vice President for Turkey, India, Middle East, Africa, APAC & Japan. “At Elekta, we are committed to collaborating with partners such as IFC to help close the care gap in Africa.”

“Elekta’s partnership with the AMEF program will help equip oncological clinics with the necessary equipment and IT systems, helping develop and expand medical facilities within sub-Saharan Africa and strengthening the region’s healthcare infrastructure, in the wake of COVID-19, to treat a range of serious diseases,” said Henrik Elschner Pedersen, IFC’s Africa Director for Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services.

AMEF also helps smaller health providers access procurement training and equipment servicing thanks to its partnership with Elekta and others in the facility, including KARL STORZ, GE Healthcare, Getinge, and Phillips.

Launched in April 2021, the AMEF is currently active in Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya. It plans to expand to Cameroon, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. Partner financial institutions include the Co-operative Bank of Kenya and NSIA Banque Côte d’Ivoire.