Indian soil has become more arable to grow healthcare organizations and attract foreign patients, as it only costs one-tenth of the surgery expenses in the U.S. or Western Europe. Apart from this, the plethora of opportunities in outbound medical tourism, the global economies opening up and the investments in the sector forthcoming are all happy signs. Emerging & fast growing markets such as Africa and Middle-East are being magnetic to these capitals. The African health sphere, where 50 percent of world’s child deaths and 24 percent of the global disease cure burden occur, has been the most exacting market among the others. As an early invader, Unihealth Consultancy Pvt. Ltd. is born to leverage these arenas, medical tourism and FDIs across the world. This organization facilitates your treatments across the planet, through its own global medical centers, Unihealth Medical Centers (UMC), or via partners across the world such as Aditya Birla Group (India), Midland Group (Uganda) and CMG Investments (Tanzania), to name a few.
The African Exploration
After incorporation as a medical tourism consultancy firm in 2009, it took no time for Unihealth to become a disruptive force in the medical travel industry, being the first of its kind to manage the international patient services of a world class tertiary care multispecialty hospital, Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital (Aditya Birla Group), on an outsourced model for its international businesses. Rest of the tale, the ‘African exploration’, is an innovative history for all the startups in this segment. Starting with a marketing campaign (Unihealth-Ethiopian Air Medical Travel Program) that brought a gamut of African medical tourists to India, the company dilated its footprint across the African continent by facility-investments that benefitted the patients with high-end medical services.
Today, its presence in more than 15 geographies and investments in three fast growing African provinces - Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria, helps this Mumbai-based organization serve such patients with uninterrupted medial services. . The company has established tertiary care multi-speciality ‘UMC Hospitals’ in these countries in addition to the expansion of its diagnostic clinics. “By the end of 2016, UMC Hospitals will commission a 110 bedded hospital in Kampala (Uganda), a 55 bedded hospital in Kano (Nigeria) and a 50 bedded hospital in Mwanza (Tanzania),” elucidates Dr. Anurag Shah, Co-Founder & Chairman, Unihealth. The organization has achieved brawny supports from versatile government forums of Africa as well as Middle-East to invest in healthcare-facilities, and even felicitated as the ‘Best Medical Tourism Company of the Year 2014’ at Healthcare Excellence awards in New Delhi.
More is Coming
Starting with a marketing campaign, Unihealth dilated its footprint across the African continent by facility-investments that benefitted the patients with high-end medical services
The company currently holds a strong grip in many other fragments of healthcare, starting from Hospital Management to Specialty Clinics, Diagnostics & Dialysis, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Equipment, and Tele-Medicine & Tele-Radiology. “Unihealth presently runs the first and only dialysis center in Mwanza (Tanzania), and UMC Hospital in Mwanza is the first hospital to have a MRI Scanner and Modular Operating Theatres,” says Dr. Akshay Parmar, Co-Founder & MD, Unihealth. Another UMC in Kampala (Uganda), Victoria Hospital is the first private tertiary care hospital in Uganda to have a Cardiac Cath Lab and Modular Operating Theatres.
Unihealth has an overall workforce of 150 people across the globe, which the company plans to enlarge to 1000 by the end of this year. The organization now plans a five-year expansion strategy, 1000+ operational tertiary care hospital beds across Africa, 20+ UMC Diagnostic Centers, and thus $100 million annual revenue from Africa.