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IFC Invests to Support Better Access to Quality and Affordable Healthcare in Nigeria

IFC announced that it recently committed an equity investment of USD 8.5 million in Santa Clara Africa Limited, to support the development of a 150-bed hospital and two 10-bed clinics in Lagos, Nigeria. The project is promoted by AXA Mansard Plc, the Nigerian subsidiary of AXA Group, who provided equity to the project alongside IFC, the CAPE IV Fund, managed by African Capital Alliance and the hospital operator, Healthshare Ltd, through its parent company EOH Holding Ltd.   
  

The two clinics will create a strong referral system of patients to the hospital. These three facilities together will provide the necessary economies of scale to deliver better value for money in healthcare services. The project is expected to provide healthcare at a price point that is below that of comparable hospitals and clinics in the market. 

Eme Essien Lore, Country Manager, IFC, Nigeria, said “with this investment, IFC wants to contribute to increase the capacity of Nigeria’s healthcare system to offer quality and affordable services.” She added “We will look to scale up this efficient and integrated model nationwide”. 

Nigeria’s healthcare sector remains underserved as demand - driven by population growth, higher income levels, rapid urbanization, and a rise of non-communicable diseases - continues to outstrip supply of quality healthcare infrastructure. Diagnostic and primary care services are also limited, and at varying qualities. As a result, Nigerians spend an estimated US$1 billion annually on health services abroad. 

The lack of secure access to affordable and good quality healthcare with an appropriate service mix has also hampered the growth of health insurance in Nigeria. The low levels of health insurance penetration, which currently constitutes less than 10 percent of the population, contributes to the high cost of healthcare in Nigeria. An increased availability of health insurance schemes would not only provide sustainable access to health services but also incentivize the service providers to adopt cost-effective models. 

This is IFC’s second investment with the AXA Group in the health sector. Earlier this year, IFC supported AXA’s insurance business in Egypt which includes health insurance, also through an equity investment. 

About IFC 
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, we delivered a record $19.3 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity.

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