A delegation of companies from the United States on an economic mission in Equatorial Guinea, led by MAECI, visited the headquarters of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Malabo on Monday. The purpose of the delegation’s trip to Equatorial Guinea was in response to H.E. President Obiang’s appeal for assistance from United States companies in the diversification of the country’s economy, and the strengthening of Equatorial Guinea’s private sector.
Minister of Health and Social Welfare, H.E. Tomas Mecheba Fernandez lead the meeting with the delegation and his ministry team to discuss a partnership with the United States companies, MAECI and Philadelphia International Medicine.
Len Karp, President & CEO of Philadelphia International Medicine made a presentation to the leaders of the Ministry. Mr. Karp discussed the desire for Philadelphia International Medicine to work with Equatorial Guinea, and their Health and Social Welfare Ministry, and serve as their Healthcare advisor.
Philadelphia International Medicine is owned by Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and has service agreements with Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Home Care, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and Wills Eye Institute. These hospital systems are world renown, and some of the highest ranking health systems in the United States.
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Philadelphia International Medicine have agreed to begin working towards a Mutual Understanding Agreement (MOU). This relationship will bring world class healthcare to the people of Equatorial Guinea, and the country can become a regional healthcare center for the Western Central African region.
Also discussed was a trip to Philadelphia by leaders from the Ministry, as well current healthcare professionals in the country. The trip would give Equatorial Guinea a firsthand look at one of the top health systems in the United States and the world.