Partner, Usizo Advisory Solutions; Strategic Healthcare Advisor, KPMG; Board member, Dischem, Dawi Clinics, and Caprisa
Dr Anuschka Coovadia is the Chief Executive Officer of Usizo Advisory Services, which is an independent boutique healthcare advisory practice. She was the Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences for Africa at KPMG for 5 years but is now a strategic healthcare advisor to KPMG in Africa and a consultant for the International Finance Cooperation (IFC). She is a Non-executive director at Dischem, a non-executive director for Dawi clinics group in Egypt, a member of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research (CAPRISA) Investment Committee, a trustee for the Kendra Educational Trust; and a board member for the Kendra Business Forum.
She is a past member of the Innovation Board for the North West University and was a member of the Global KPMG Center for Universal Health Coverage and a previous executive director for a private equity investment fund, Ayurveda Investments, which invested in healthcare organization in Africa. Dr Coovadia is a medically trained doctor with a Masters in Health Economics and the core technical Actuarial board exams. In addition, she has been trained in Maths and Statistics, Business Management, Good Clinical Practice, Health Informatics, Strategy and Governance.
After qualifying as a doctor, she worked for both public and private hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, before taking up a researcher position at the Human Sciences Research Council, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, where she worked on models for Orphan and Vulnerable Children care. She then took up the lead role for African stakeholder management for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, where she worked with Ministries of Health and community organizations across SADAC. Thereafter she served her actuarial internship in Momentum Medical Scheme Administrators, where she went on to head the managed care division for MMI then serve as the clinical head for the Government Employees Medical Scheme.
In 2012, Dr Coovadia joined the healthcare team at KPMG. Over the last 8 years she has worked on projects for both the National and Provincial Departments of Health, conducting risk workshops, assessments on Primary Health Clinics, an analysis of the HIV/AIDS program amongst others; hospital groups such as Mediclinic, Life Healthcare, Joint Medical Holdings, Lenmed, Albert Luthuli, Intercare Holdings and the Clinix Group. In addition, she has done numerous engagements for medical schemes such as GEMS, Bonitas, Spectramed, Medshield, Cape Medical, LA Health, Private Health Administrators, Discovery Health, Momentum, CAMAF and the Board of Healthcare Funders.
She has also worked with other healthcare organizations like the Gates Foundation, the Aga Khan, Medipost, the South African National AIDS Council and pathology labs such as Global Clinical and Viral Laboratories; and engaged with a wide range of healthcare professional organizations from specialist associations to the national and local general practitioner organizations such as the KwaZulu- Natal Managed Care Coalition, KZNMCC, and the South African Medical Association, SAMA;
Not-for-profit and faith-based organizing, such as the Islamic Medical Association (IMA) and the Aryan Benevolent Home (ABH); and the national South African Dental Association, SADA.
In addition, she has led numerous engagements across Africa doing advisory projects in countries like Zambia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, South Sudan, Botswana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Mozambique. These projects involve working with local and national ministries of health, hospital and pharmaceutical groups, international investors such as the CDC, The Abraaj Group, Ethos and the IFC; as well as performing clinical due-diligence assessments on healthcare facilities.
Most recently, Dr Coovadia’s was part of the global task team, the Centre for Universal Health Coverage, at KPMG. This team worked across emerging markets to support the design, modeling, establishment, implementation and monitoring of national health insurance projects. Through this role, she presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos on healthcare investments in Africa; and worked on global health projects, such as advising the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health in the Bahamas on the implementation of their NHI. Over the 3 years of participation in the team, work was done in over 23 countries working on various aspects of UHC.
Dr Anuschka Coovadia’s passion and life’s commitment is to support the implementation of the Universal Health Care in South Africa and around the world, in order to alleviate suffering, create a modern, affordable, high quality healthcare system, reduce the gross inequalities in our country and build a stronger South Africa fit- for-the-future.