The Deloitte Health Equity Institute


Deloitte Africa Health Equity Institute

Advancing health equity by translating our purpose into action

COVID-19's disproportionate impact on low-income communities has been further exacerbated by the structural gaps across Africa's socio-economic spectrum. The Deloitte Africa Health Equity Institute was established to share our most impactful learnings, extend the efforts of others, and meaningfully contribute to broader health equity issues.

Our purpose

Health equity is the ability to fulfil our potential in all aspects of health and well-being. This requires that we address the drivers of health, also known as social determinants of health. Lack of health equity disproportionately affects lower-income communities, as highlighted most recently by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deloitte has established the Deloitte Health Equity Institutes to build upon a decade of impact made by the Deloitte US Centre for Health Solutions. The Institutes are dedicated to convening and amplifying crisis response through three initial commitments, with more to come in the days ahead.

Our commitment to addressing health equity

As the challenges of COVID-19 continued to highlight significant health disparities, Deloitte mobilised to drive progress with cross-sector partners. We also recognised the need to do more in order to make meaningful impact over the longer term, in alignment with our overall efforts. With this realisation, the Deloitte Health Equity Institute was established, along with three areas of focus.


Activating health equity

Our work to date has underscored a far greater opportunity to activate broader initiatives, including:

  • Responding to historic inequity and current acute crises with support of non-profit organisations working to address immediate COVID-19–related disparities in equitable health outcomes
  • Investing in community-based nonprofits addressing a broad set of systemic barriers
  • Strengthening public health resilience by fostering change through research and convening ecosystems

About us

If you’d like to talk more about health equity topics and issues, or learn how we can help you work toward better health outcomes, contact us to set up a conversation.

Ashleigh Theophanides, Africa Life Sciences & Health Care Industry Lead

Ashleigh leads the Deloitte Africa life sciences and health care industry as well as the Health Equity Institute for the continent. Her focus for the past 20 years has been providing services within the life sciences and health care industry to clients in both the public and private sector. Her work spans the breadth of the industry and includes research conducted on the African health sector including: disease burden and modelling, the regulatory environment, characteristics of health care users, funding and budgets as well as exploring the potential future course of the life sciences sector on the African continent. Ashleigh is a qualified health care actuary and holds a health care practicing certificate, she is recognised as a Fellow of both the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA) and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) in the Unit.


Get in touch

Ashleigh Theophanides
Africa Life Sciences & Health Care Industry Lead
+27 11 209 8112

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