17 - 19 October 2023

Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Report launch: Insurance and telemedicine in Africa. A moonshot in response
to Covid-19




Tuesday 1 November 2022 | 14:00 - 15:30 (SAST)


According to the report, telemedicine can enable 186 million individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) who lack access to healthcare to obtain reasonably priced health insurance, accounting for nearly half of the region's uninsured population. According to the report's projections, 343 million individuals could have access to health insurance at a cost of about $25 billion per year if affordability threshold assumptions are met.

Key focus areas


  • To examine the potential for telemedicine and insurance to enhance affordability and access to health services in Sub-Saharan Africa for hundreds of millions of vulnerable
  • How can telemedicine and insurance be more effectively presented to the public to combat ingrained beliefs and mindsets

Who should attend


  • Ministries, governments departments
  • Insurance suppliers (Insurers, Reinsurers, Brokers, Data Providers)
  • Public Health community
  • Multi- and bilateral donors


14:00 | Welcome and opening remarks
Jan Kellett, Senior Advisor and Team Lead on Insurance and Risk Finance (IRFF), UNDP, Geneva, Switzerland 

14:10 | Insurance and telemedicine in Africa: A moonshot in response to Covid-19 - Report findings
Rose Tuyeni Peter, Lead Author of the report; Partnership Manager, Cenfri, Cape Town, South Africa

14:30 | Plenary discussion: Report findings, implications & case studies

  • What are the regulatory environment needs in SSA that are instrumental to support innovative health insurance models? How can the needs be met?
  • How can telemedicine and insurance be more effectively presented to the public to combat ingrained beliefs and mindsets that prevent vulnerable persons in SSA from utilizing them?
  • What can industry, the development sector, and governments, do both individually and through partnerships to ensure that telemedicine and health insurance is adopted at scale?

Moderator: Jan Kellett, Senior Advisor and Team Lead on Insurance and Risk Finance (IRFF),
UNDP, Geneva, Switzerland


  • Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director of HIV, Health and Development Practice, UNDP, New York, United States
  • Ezekiel Macharia, CEO & Chief Actuary, Kenbright Holding Ltd, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Patrick Nyaga, Group CEO, CIC Insurance Group, Ltd Nairobi, Kenya
  • Rose Tuyeni Peter, Lead author of the report, Partnership Manager, Cenfri, Cape Town, South Africa

15:20 | Sum up and vote of thanks
Jan Kellett, Senior Advisor and Team Lead on Insurance and Risk Finance (IRFF), UNDP, Geneva, Switzerland


Ezekiel Macharia Mburu FIA, FeASK
Group Actuary
Kenbright Holdings Limited

Ezekiel Macharia is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK) the Actuarial Society of Kenya. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi. He is a board advisory member of the Actuarial Academy of East Africa, a former council member of The Actuarial Society of Kenya and a member of the Environmental, social and governance (ESG) task force of The Actuarial Society of Kenya.

Ezekiel joined the financial services provider, Kenbright Holdings Limited, in 2016 as CEO and Chief Actuary in charge of its subsidiaries in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania & Rwanda.

In his professional career, Ezekiel has over thirteen years’ experience in the East African market specialising in property & casualty, life, health insurance and most recently IFRS 17 consulting. In his previous six-year service as a Council member of the Actuarial Society of Kenya (TASK), he supported the development of actuarial and risk management skills in East Africa.

Ezekiel is passionate about development of health financing in Kenya and currently chairs the Health Working Party within the Actuarial Society of Kenya.

Under the leadership of Ezekiel, Kenbright is leading in the innovation of employee benefits provision through digitization in Kenya where Kenbright has won various awards for its MINT Medical Fund Management service and Vehicle.co.ke – An Insurance Motor Aggregator.

Kenbright recently partnered in 2019 with UK based company, Collinson, to introduce SmartHealth in Kenya, an International Medical Insurance which covers COVID-19 and which also provides inpatient limit of up-to half billion.

Jan Kellett
leads UNDP’s work across insurance and risk finance

Jan Kellett leads UNDP’s work across insurance and risk finance including the creation of the Insurance and Risk Finance Facility. He co-chairs the IDF’s operational committee, is UNDP’s senior presentative to the InsuResilience Global Partnership, and co-created the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance. Jan led development work in over fifteen countries, was Programme Leader at Development Initiatives, a Senior Research Fellow at ODI, and led UNDP’s climate, disaster and energy external engagement. Before joining UNDP, he worked for HSBC in business lending, insurance and development. He has an undergraduate in film and television and a master’s in political science.

Dr. Mandeep Dhaliwal
HIV and Health Group, Bureau of Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

Dr. Mandeep Dhaliwal is the Director of UNDP’s HIV and Health Group, Bureau of Policy and Programme Support. She brings to the organization over 20 years of experience working on HIV, health, human rights and evidence-based policy and programming in low and middle-income countries. Prior to joining UNDP, she was a senior adviser to the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute’s Special Programme on HIV/ AIDS. From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Dhaliwal worked for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance’s Policy, Research and Good Practice Team in the United Kingdom where she focused on issues of HIV care and treatment in developing countries. She was instrumental in expanding the International HIV/AIDS Alliance's technical support and policy work on issues of HIV care, treatment and support in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Patrick Nyaga
Group Chief Executive Officer
CIC Group Ltd

Mr. Patrick Nyaga is the Group Chief Executive Officer. He holds a master of Business Administration from Strathmore Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant (K) and a member of ICPAK. Mr. Nyaga has over 29 years of working experience mainly in banking and auditing. He has worked in various senior positions in banking. Prior to joining CIC Group Ltd, he was the Group Finance and Strategy Director- at Cooperative Bank of Kenya Limited.

He previously worked at Barclays Bank now (ABSA) as the Regional Head of Assurance and at KPMG (EA), with the main focus being the audit of financial institutions in Kenya and the region. He is a member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya and has undertaken training in several Corporate Governance courses including in Insurance Business.

Rose Tuyeni Peter
Partnership Manager

Rose Tuyeni Peter is a Partnership Manager at Cenfri, an independent African economic impact agency which aims to support economic growth and sustainable development in emerging markets. She is an economist with over 7 years’ experience in financial inclusion, financial sector development and health. Rose has a love for measuring things and thinking deeply about how to make societies more fair. She holds a Master's in Health Economics and Decision Science, and a Master's in Applied Economics.