Medical Credit Fund (MCF), the only debt fund fully dedicated to the African health sector, today announced the completion of a EUR 32.5 million fundraise of its second fund (MCF II).
The funding round was led by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which gave the initial equity infusion of EUR 7.5 million in January this year to meet credit demand during the COVID-19 issue. CDC Group, with EUR 10 million, FMO, with EUR 7.5 million, Swedfund, with EUR 5 million, and Philips, with EUR 2.5 million, are also part of this fundraising round.
This round of funding will help the Fund increase its presence and support for healthcare professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa, with an emphasis on primary healthcare services including malaria prevention and treatment, as well as maternal and child health and care. The funding will also be used to extend its wholly digital lending product, known as ‘Cash Advance,’ which has seen rapid growth over the last two years.
What you should know about MCF
Medical Credit Fund has granted over 6,500 loans totalling over EUR 120 million to African healthcare providers since its inception, with a 96 percent payback record. In Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda, it has reached 1,800 health small and medium-sized companies (SMEs).
Loans are combined with business and quality development support through the PharmAccess – SafeCare standards and methodology, which has helped 80 percent of businesses enhance their services.
What they are saying
“I am very grateful for the support we received from our investors, especially the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The funds will help to bridge the financing gap for small and medium-sized health businesses, allowing entrepreneurs to finance construction work, purchase equipment, and prevent medicine stock-outs. Mitigating the chronic underfunding of the sector means more patients can receive better healthcare.’’
Arjan Poels, Managing Director of MCF commented on today’s news:
“Affordable, reliable and quality health care has never been more crucial than it is today. Which is why CDC is thrilled to be deepening its partnership with MCF, an impact-led fund manager with a track record of supporting the primary healthcare sector in Africa. Our commitment to MCF II will enable the Fund to increase its flexible finance offers to an estimate of over 2,500 healthcare SMEs, bolstering their ability to meet the increased demand for quality healthcare and to serve approximately 10 million patients by 2030. Strengthening Africa’s healthcare system is an immediate priority that demands dedicated healthcare financing to help close the funding gap in the market. CDC’s commitment alongside partner investors will serve the dual purpose of boosting the growth of Africa’s healthcare sector and it will act as a positive signal to the market, attracting even greater investments to scale inclusive quality healthcare for millions of people across Africa.”
Clarisa De Franco, Managing Director & Head of Private Equity Funds, CDC Group, said:
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