Obala Foundation was founded in 2006 by two physicians from Harvard Medical School who were surveying the Nigerian healthcare system. They discovered that whereas healthcare infrastructure remains underdeveloped, there is a concurrent epidemic of resource under-utilization that compounds the disadvantage. This under-utilization was mainly due to sub-optimal intervention strategies and human capital under-development. It is to address some these challenges that Obala Foundation was founded.
Need: A significant barrier to healthcare delivery in sub-Saharan Africa is entrenched sub-optimal resource utilization. The reasons for this are manifold but have a similar effect of attenuating the impact of new healthcare investments. There is growing recognition that the healthcare needs of a place like Nigeria with a population of 150 million and the second highest HIV disease burden worldwide can no longer be ignored. Renewed political will for investment across the continent presents a timely opportunity for tackling age-old challenges.
Solutions: We believe that there is untapped outcomes potential from:
- Measuring and optimizing the yield from current healthcare resources. Optimization can take the form of improved utilization, process efficiency, or resource re-alignment.
- Designing market-specific strategies and interventions. This is critical for efficient utilization and long-term sustainability.
- Continued human capacity development. This is a cornerstone for sustainability.
Focus: Obala’s current focus is on leveraging its in-depth knowledge of the West African healthcare landscape and expanding spectrum of players to help local and international agencies define optimal interventions and strategic approaches for executing their mandates. We have in-house expertise in health systems process analysis including emergency services systems design, primary and preventive care services, sub-specialty care needs and delivery mechanisms. Our experience is buttressed by near unlimited access to world-renown experts in medical education, epidemiology, health economics, and global health delivery information technology who share our core values.