Diamond Bank PLC has signed a partnership agreement with Netherlands-based Medical Credit Fund to provide affordable loans to private primary healthcare providers to improve the quality of their services.
Loan provision under the partnership comes at affordable terms and can be combined with a comprehensive technical advisory package, which allows the healthcare providers to improve the clinical quality of their services whilst strengthening their business models.
Speaking at a press conference held after the partnership agreement signing ceremony, Executive Director –Retail Banking, Diamond Bank PLC, Mr. Uzoma Dozie, said, “We at Diamond Bank welcome this valuable addition to our product range. There is tremendous potential at the lower and middle end of the healthcare market. With access to capital, clinics will be able to upgrade their quality as well as their business models, leading to overall improvement of healthcare delivery in the sector and by extension, better healthcare delivery for Nigerians.”
Commenting on behalf of the Medical Credit Fund, Director, Operations at the organization, Herman Abels, said: We are very proud to announce this new partnership. Our research indicates that many clinics continue to struggle to meet conventional loan conditions. With Diamond Bank now on board, we hope to bridge the finance gap for these healthcare providers and ultimately expand our activities in Nigeria.
The Medical Credit Fund is the first social financing fund that introduces a new approach in sustainable improvement of private health care in Africa. It aims to reduce the unknown risks of investing in primary health care, leading to increased transparency and trust so that the lower end of the health market becomes financeable and scalable. The Fund facilitates access to loans to private primary health care providers that serve low-income groups through local financial institutions. This finance programme is combined with internationally certified clinical (SafeCare) and business technical advisory services. Loans and advisory services are used to improve the quality of the health clinics, which will lead to expanded and improved health care services for more people.