The uMhlathuze local municipality in the King Cetshwayo District Municipality of KwaZulu-Natal, that includes the port of Richards Bay, is to host the inaugural Pan African Health Tourism Congress. Health tourists include people who cross borders to obtain health care treatment.
Currently some 7-million health tourists travel annually and globally the health tourism industry is valued at approximately US$20bn per year.
The leading African health care destinations are Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritius and South Africa. South Africa is recognized as a centre for medical excellence for sub Saharan Africa, with most health care visitors coming from other African countries, mostly within the SADC region. The aim of the congress will be to explore a collective strategy that Africa can adopt in order to coordinate its efforts at maximizing its potential within this industry.