We have been building our Health investment portfolio since some years. We have (direct and indirect) investments in:
- Supply of medical equipment
- Development of medical devices
- Treatment development
- Distribution of medication
We consider Health as an important investment domain; a healthy planet and a healthy population go hand in hand. The healthcare system is under pressure to provide affordable access to all, in all countries all around the globe.
The following key challenges are defined by Sinzer:
In the health sector, VP Capital's ambition is to invest in these sustainable solutions:
- Invest in technological solutions to predict and prevent diseases early.
- Improved organic diets and quality of hospital food.
- Algorithms and biomonitoring wearables.
- Next-generation sequencing (NGS).
- Other technologies beneficial to medical practices, e.g. 3D printing for body-parts imitations.
We also have the ambition to make donations that contribute to the following solutions:
- Organisations that support countries to ensure quality of available medical products, by enhancing controllability of the supply chain, and diminishing substandard or falsified medical product use.
- Initiatives focusing on quality of the natural environment in order to support healthy lives.
- Initiatives that encourage healthy behaviour of individuals, e.g. create awareness of hazards related to lifestyle decisions.
- Providing low-income countries with better access to healthcare.
Domain report Health
For each of our investment domains, a more detailed report on key challenges, investable solutions and investment criteria has been made.
View the report of our Health investment domain here.
Sustainable progress within the health domain
With VP Capital, we want to contribute to sustainable progress. We screen our investment portfolio in terms of ESG and Impact. Read more about this in our Progress Report via the button below.
Read more about the different challenges below:
Costs and accessibility of healthcare and medicines
Due to increased demand for care and (new) medicines (caused by the rise of increasing chronic illness such as diabetes and cancer, an increasing and aging population and unhealthy lifestyles), healthcare costs are a major challenge globally.
Around a third of people globally lack access to essential medicines, vaccines or diagnostic tools.
Shift focus to prevention, diagnosis & early intervention
Currently only 3% of healthcare budgets are allocated to public information and prevention of hospital intake, while avoiding chronic lifestyle diseases could have substantial positive effects: reducing costs, improving public health and mitigating environmental damage through less hospitalization. An aging population, multimorbidity (people with multiple conditions), unhealthy habits and climate change lead to increasing pressure on the healthcare sector that can be reduced by investing more in prevention and early diagnosis and intervention. Currently only 3% of the healthcare budgets go to action on prevention.
Adequately manage digitalization
Technology is disrupting traditional care models and is vital for integrating care networks, for example those outside the hospital and closer to home. This is beneficial for the patients as well as the healthcare sector. Examples are platforms or devices that enhance self-care, monitoring devices that connect patients to physicians and networks of patients that help each other. In order to reap these benefits, technology should be adequately internalised in healthcare systems.
Adverse health effects caused by climate change
Climate change and other environmental issues significantly impact health outcomes. Air pollution kills an estimated 7 million people yearly, and climate change causes hazardous weather events, exacerbates malnutrition and adds to the spread of infectious diseases. The threat or reality of climate change also has a negative impact on mental health. Therefore climate change poses a future challenge for the healthcare sector, especially for underdeveloped countries.
Improving (access to) mental healthcare
Prevalence of mental illnesses and their side-effects has risen in the past years. This is a global trend, which is currently unmet as a global challenge, due to a lack of access to mental healthcare systems, in both high income and low to middle income countries. Mental health issues contribute to a large proportion of the physical health issues as well, making it an even more important impact area. Finally, global crises like the current pandemic accelerate the trend of mental health disorders increase, demonstrating its urgency.