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IFC Invests in AAR to Improve Health Services in East Africa

Nairobi, Kenya, July 2, 2013 — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced a $4 million equity investment in AAR Health Care Holdings, one of Africa’s leading health care providers. AAR Healthcare will expand its operations to provide quality health services for more patients. IFC’s investment is part of a $15 million fundraising exercise by the company, marking the largest capital increase by an entity in the East African healthcare market.
AAR Healthcare aims to expand its outpatient network, and enhance specialist consultation and acquire inpatient facilities in Nairobi, Kampala and Dar es Salaam. It is one of the few primary and secondary health care providers in the region. The company currently operates 28 clinics in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, serving over 500,000 outpatients annually.  IFC’s investment will enable AAR Healthcare to serve an estimated 600,000 additional outpatients each year by 2018.
Beyond funding, IFC will support the company’s growth by providing access to the World Bank Group’s networks and global expertise. The company’s other shareholders include Swedfund and the Investment Fund for Health in Africa), an IFC portfolio fund established in 2007 dedicated to private healthcare companies in Africa.
AAR Healthcare Chairman, Dr. Frank Njenga, said “AAR has taken a strategic approach to open secondary care hospitals across the region that will bring quality healthcare as close as possible to the patients. AAR’s new Karen Health Centre, for example, will provide general, gynaecological, paediatric and nutritionist consultations, and comprehensive services such pharmacy, laboratory and radiology, all under one roof.”
AAR Healthcare Managing Director, Mark Achola said the separation of AAR Healthcare company from its sister company, AAR Insurance will ensure that clinics’ services not restricted to AAR members. “AAR Healthcare runs as a separate entity and operates like any other hospital, including serving members of other insurance companies, and not only those from AAR Insurance”, he clarified.
Oumar Seydi, IFC Director for East and Southern Africa said, “IFC is committed to helping expand access to high quality health services. IFC supports AAR’s goal of becoming the first integrated healthcare provider across East Africa to increase competition and improve services for patients.  Innovative private providers like AAR are able to reach a large number of patients and can offer advanced medical equipment and services that may otherwise not be available.”
In a recent report, the World Bank Group found that 50 percent of health expenditure in sub Saharan Africa is financed by out-of-pocket payments from individuals. IFC’s “Health in Africa” Initiative harnesses the potential of the private sector to meet the continent’s health care needs. Through the
initiative, IFC invests directly in healthcare companies, mobilizes finance for health SMEs through banks and private equity funds, and works with governments on public-private partnerships in health.  
IFC is the world’s largest multilateral investor in healthcare in emerging markets, with $2.5 billion worth of investments in 150 health care projects in 50 countries.  Through its investments and advisory services, IFC aims to improve standards of quality and efficiency in healthcare, facilitate the international exchange of best practice, and create jobs for skilled professionals. IFC has a Health and Education team for Sub Saharan Africa is based out of its Nairobi office.  
About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments. In FY12, our investments reached an all-time high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges. For more information, visit .
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About AAR Healthcare
AAR Healthcare is the largest provider of health insurance and outpatient health care services in East Africa, having begun its operations in 1984 as a medial and accident casualty evacuation service, both by road and air. The company has been in operation for 29 years in Kenya, 19 years in Uganda and 15 years in Tanzania.  AAR Healthcare provides outpatient clinics throughout East Africa.  It is committed to be always ahead in service delivery and continuously reviews its medical practice, business administration and IT systems to ensure quality healthcare services to clients from all walks of life.
Its vision is ‘to be the provider of choice for quality and innovative healthcare solutions that make a difference to life.’ For more information, visit
About IFHA
IFHA was established in 2007; a venture capital fund dedicated to investments in private healthcare companies in Africa. IFHA is backed by FMO, IFC, the African Development Bank, Pfizer, Goldman Sachs, APG pension fund and Social Investor Foundation for Africa). Since 2008, IFHA has invested in eight health sector companies across sub Saharan Africa.
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About Swedfund
Swedfund International AB is a development finance institution owned by the Swedish state. Swedfund invests in companies in the private sector in emerging markets (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe). Swedfund's main goal is to contribute to the development of profitable companies in low income countries, thereby stimulating economic growth and helping to reduce poverty. We have engaged as an active, responsible and long-term investor in more than 230 companies in our countries of operation.
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