Would you like to know the best hospitals in Africa? What would we do if we didn’t have healthcare? Many analysts believe that the quality of a country’s hospital facilities reveals a lot about its overall healthcare system – we couldn’t agree more.
Regional or global pandemics, such as Avian Influenza, Ebola, and, most recently, the Novel Coronavirus, have recently exposed the standards of healthcare sectors around the world. A good healthcare system should have enough professionals and support personnel to handle emergencies and reduce casualties, in addition to adequate structures and equipment.
However, in recent years, the spotlight has been shone on the state of hospital facilities in countries all over the world, particularly in African countries.
The findings have further debunked critics’ claims that Africa’s healthcare sector has remained in shambles. Many critics and observers were taken aback by how well the continent handled the Ebola outbreak and is now dealing with the spread of Covid-19. The handling of the latter, according to many observers, has shocked the world.
But which hospitals have the best equipment and facilities on the continent?
The Scimago Institutions Rankings (SIR), a research organization based in Spain that has been publishing international rankings of global research institutions since 2009, has the answer.
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The 2021 Global Hospital Rankings were recently published by the medical research organization. According to the SIR, the results were based on research output, innovation, and overall societal impact.
Find the list of hospitals that made it to the top ten in Africa below:
Top 10 Best Hospitals In Africa
10. Centre Hospitalier Ibn Sina Rabat, Morocco
One of the hospitals in Morocco is the Centre Hospitalier Ibn Sina Rabat. It was ranked in the 79th percentile across the board.
CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE IBN SINA is a General Medical and Surgical Hospitals facility in Rabat, Morocco. CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE IBN SINA employs 6,540 people and generates $481.55 million in revenue (USD)
9. Institut Pasteur De Tunis, Tunisia
The Institute Pasteur De Tunis, a hospital in Tunis, Tunisia, is ranked ninth on the list of Africa’s top ten hospitals. It is one of the International Network Institutes Pasteur’s main research centers. The hospital facility is said to be in the 75th percentile overall, according to the SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR).
8. Tygerberg Hospital, South Africa
Tygerberg Hospital in South Africa is one of the top 10 hospitals in Africa. It is said to have ranked 74th percentile overall in all categories.
Tygerberg Hospital is a tertiary care facility in Parow. The hospital opened in 1976 and is the largest one in the Western Cape and the second largest in the South African vicinity, with a capacity of almost two thousand beds. It serves as a university-affiliated hospital in collaboration with the Health Science Faculty at Stellenbosch University.
7. National Organization for Drug Control and Research Facility, Egypt (NODCAR)
SCImago ranks seventh amongst the top ten hospitals in Egypt. It ranked in the 73rd percentile overall for research output, innovation, and societal impact.
The National Organization for Drug Control and Research (NODCAR) is a Ministry of Health component that was established in 1976 by Presidential Decree 382/1976.
Chemical, Physical, Microbiological, Biological, and Pharmacological Quality Control Tests are performed according to the type of product to ensure that the products manufactured, imported, or marketed in Egypt are safe and effective.
NODCAR’s checking and analysis procedures are designed to ensure that the products in question meet the appropriate standards of quality, purity and identity. All analytical methods and techniques must meet certain basic criteria, such as an adequate degree of accuracy, precision, and specificity.
As a result, and in accordance with the presidential Decree, NODCAR is charged with the quality control of pharmaceutical and biological products, raw materials, cosmetics, medical devices, veterinary products, household chemicals, medicinal herbs, and natural products, and material testing for packaging and filling materials.
6. Egyptian National Cancer Institute, Egypt
The National Cancer Institute located in Egypt ranks in the 73rd percentile in overall research output, innovation, and societal impact—moving up to sixth place in Africa’s top ten hospital rankings.
This top hospital is a non-profit organization dedicated to cancer treatment, management, and research into a cure.
5. Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa
The Groote Schuur Hospital, which is one of the hospitals in South Africa, is ranked fifth. In terms of research output, innovation, and societal impact, it ranked in the 66th percentile overall.
Groote Schuur Hospital is a fully government-funded, university-affiliated hospital located on the slopes of Cape Town in South Africa. It was founded in 1938 and has built up a high reputation for performing the first human-to-human heart transplant on the patient Louis Washkansky, which was performed by an alumnus of the University of Cape Town, the surgeon Dr Christiaan Barnard.
4. Aga Khan University Hospital, Kenya
The Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, comes in fourth place. It was also ranked in the 56th percentile for overall research output, innovation, and impact on society.
The Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi has raised the bar in East Africa for comprehensive healthcare and modern medical education. The reputed hospital’s dutiful and diligent staff, beyond-standard facilities, and futuristic technologies have earned it an enviable reputation as a leading medical institution and university-affiliated hospital in the region and beyond.
3. National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania
The National Institute for Medical Research, a hospital and research facility in Tanzania, comes in third place. SCImago also ranked it in the 32nd percentile for overall research output, innovation, and societal impact.
The National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) is the country’s most comprehensive public health research institution. It was established as a parastatal organization under the Ministry of Health by Parliament Act No. 23 of 1979.
The government established NIMR in recognition of the need to generate scientific information needed in the development of better methods and techniques for improving disease management, prevention, and control in the country.
2. South African Medical Research Council, South Africa
Following closely behind is the South African Medical Research Council, which is said to be in the 29th percentile overall in terms of research output, innovation, and societal impact.
Founded in 1969, The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has the aim of carrying out and funding health research, health innovation, development, and translation of research.
The medical hospital focuses on the top ten causes of death, as well as co-morbidities, disability, and risk factors. Laboratory investigations, clinical research, and public health studies are all part of the research scope.
As a reactive health organization, the SAMRC’s research aims to address South Africa’s burdens of disease: maternal, newborn, and child health.
1. Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya
The Kenya Medical Research Institute ranked overall first on the continent in terms of research output, innovation, and societal impact, ranking in the overall 25th percentile. It is also one of the best hospitals in Kenya.
The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) was established in 1979 as a state corporation by the Science and Technology (Repealed) Act, Cap 250 of the Laws of Kenya and operating under the Science, Technology, and Innovation Act, 2013 as the national body charged with the responsibility of conducting human health research in Kenya. KEMRI is currently operating under Legal Notice No. 35 of March 2021.
Since its humble beginnings over 40 years ago, KEMRI has grown to become a regional leader in human health research. The Institute is currently ranked as the best hospital in Africa and the world’s leading centers of excellence in health research.
Its mission is to improve human health and quality of life by conducting research, developing capacity, innovating, and providing services.