GBCHealth, the Aliko Dangote Foundation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) released preliminary findings on Thursday, September 27 from their forthcoming “Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa” report, calling for greater African private sector involvement and investment in healthcare. The preliminary report finds that neither government nor existing public-private partnerships are effective enough, and that existing PPPs disproportionately focus on a small number of countries. The preliminary report recommends a new model, one in which PPPs prioritize around the most significant disease burden and broaden their scope to benefit the health of the whole continent, which is deemed critical to driving long-term economic growth in Africa.
“The dialogue was a much-needed call-to-action for the African private sector as evidenced by the research,” said Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group & Chairman, Aliko Dangote Foundation. “The best way to move Africa forward is for businesses to step up in health care and take bold action. We must work together, across industries and with governments and communities, to foster innovation and to drive more strategic investments that benefit us collectively.”
GBCHealth, the Aliko Dangote Foundation and the ECA also gathered African heads of state, corporate CEOs, and heads of UN agencies on Thursday at the United Nations headquarters for a high-level dialogue to discuss the findings and reinforce the importance of greater African private sector involvement and investment in healthcare. The dialogue, moderated by journalist Isha Sesay, featured lively discussions from champions for multisector health partnerships in Africa. The discussions explored findings of ECA’s research, Africa’s health status, SDG’s, public-private partnerships, health systems strengthening and health financing.
Following opening remarks from Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Founder and Chair, African Initiative for Governance and Co -Chair, GBCHealth, during which he recognized the group’s collective goal to identify solutions for health and finance in Africa, H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President, Togolese Republic, spoke about the healthcare situation in his country and the government’s approach to public-private partnerships.
“In Togo, we passed on the responsibility of certain facilities, namely clinics, pharmacies and hospices, to specific private entities who manage them,” said H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President, Togolese Republic. “We’re proud to say that public facilities are as efficient as private facilities, so we have gone on to create another category of facilities that are semi-private, semi-public. We hope that, with this initiative, we’ll be able to reach another level of efficiency.”
Ray Chambers, WHO Ambassador for Global Strategy and Board Member, GBCHealth, spoke about the need to be creative in terms of stretching private sector capital for advancing health and economic growth. “I’m very concerned as we sit here today, but heartened by the title of this dialogue, called Africa’s Health & Finance,” he said during the discussion. “I don’t think going forward that we can separate health from finance.”
Halima Dangote, Executive Director of Dangote Industries Limited, daughter of Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group & Chairman, Aliko Dangote Foundation, delivered remarks on her father’s behalf. In them, he discussed his motivation as a businessman and human being for improving the wellbeing and quality of life for people in Africa. He addressed the private sector’s unique capacity to mobilize its resources and innovation to strengthen health systems and save lives, and he called on continued and enhanced leadership from businesses on the issue. He also highlighted the importance of the new African Business Coalition for Health platform to help strategically mobilize private sector resources, expertise and innovation to strengthen health systems and save lives across the continent.
Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, also joined the discussion. She spoke about the importance of unlocking and leveraging the tools the private sector has to deliver healthcare services through sustainable finance.
“Much of education and much of health is not in a bad place, it’s in crisis,” said Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations. “People are faced with choiceless choices, for instance, having to choose health or water. We need solid institutions to be able to deliver services.”
Other leaders, all of whom brought unique perspective from their experiences in African governments, NGOs and the private sector, each highlighted the importance of financing healthcare and promoting collaboration between the public and private sectors in order to find sustainable solutions.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, Ph.D., Former President of the Republic of Nigeria noted that there is a saying that Health is Wealth but that the saying is inadequate because ‘health is everything including wealth.
Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia noted that a country can’t industrialize without a healthy society and that we must stop looking at healthcare as a charitable cause, but as a profitable business that should be encouraged.
Patrick Khulekani Dlamini, CEO and Managing Director, Development Bank of Southern Africa talked about the evolution of 2G to 3G and now 4G on the continent saying that it is in Africa’s hand and reach to leverage technology to leapfrog some of its healthcare needs.
The session, titled “Africa’s Health and Financing: Pathways to Economic Growth and Prosperity,” will inform revisions to the report ahead of its launch at the Africa Business: Health Forum in February 2019. Preliminary findings are summarized below and are available here.
“African businesses and governments are realizing that investing in Africa’s health is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also good for business and for government,” said Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Founder and Chair, African Initiative for Governance and Co -Chair, GBCHealth. “If we’re able to galvanize a new era of cooperation and improve the overall well-being of this young, fast-growing continent, we’ll create economic growth for all Africans.”
“Africa’s population bulge and its abundance of young people is a competitive asset,” said Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, UNECA. “This asset, however, must not become a fiscal burden by crowding in private finance to sustainably share the cost of a healthy Africa.”
Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa: Preliminary Findings
Preliminary findings from the forthcoming report “Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa” identify the importance of improving health to drive Africa’s economic growth and the need for the private sector to play a significant role in improving Africa’s health. Specifically, the report highlights:
Health affects economic growth. There is considerable evidence that raising the health of a population increases labor productivity, reduces absenteeism at school and at work and lowers catastrophic expenses on healthcare. Further, there is a robust link between improved health outcomes and economic growth. For instance, improvements in life expectancy at birth, child mortality rates and maternal mortality rates are linked with growth in GDP per capita.
The private sector has an important role to play in health. Additional support is needed, and governments do not have the capacity to do it on their own. On average, countries devote just six percent of their GDP to healthcare, much lower than in the U.S. and other OECD countries.
Current public-private partnerships in health can be more effective. Existing public-private partnerships are disproportionately focused on a small number of countries – 10 out of Africa’s 54 countries account for half of the current partnerships. Further, current public-private partnerships are not aligned with the countries’ most pressing health problems and are not broad enough. Partnerships and solutions require a holistic approach that also addresses underfunded areas resulting in poor infrastructure, malnutrition and the lack of clean water. Other underfunded areas such as education, technology innovation, products and supply chain offer opportunities for business engagement and investment.
The forthcoming publication of the “Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa” report will launch and serve as the foundation of discussions at the Africa Business: Health Forum on February 12, 2019 in Addis Ababa on the margins of the African Union Summit. The Africa Business: Health Forum will also formally launch the African Business Coalition for Health (ABCHealth), a joint initiative of GBCHealth and the Aliko Dangote Foundation. ABCHealth aims to unlock synergies to help the private sector contribute more directly to meeting national and regional health goals in the context of SDG Agenda 2030 and Africa Agenda 2063 — and provides a platform that can help realize more strategic and collaborative partnerships, ultimately improving the standard of living, the quality of life, and the overall health and well-being of all Africans.
GBCHealth is dedicated to leveraging the resources and expertise of the private sector to meet today’s most pressing health challenges. Founded in 2001, under the leadership of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, GBCHealth has built a strong track record of mobilizing business action to address workplace and community health issues. Today, the organization works with a network of more than 300 organizations globally, and in Africa, to drive collective action in areas of greatest need.
Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede has served on the GBCHealth Board since 2011 and is widely recognized as a successful entrepreneur, business leader and proponent of corporate social responsibility in the African business community.
About United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, the mandate of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. The ECA is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with offices in Rabat, Lusaka, Kigali, Niamey, Yaounde and Dakar.
About Aliko Dangote Foundation
Aliko Dangote Foundation is the private philanthropic foundation of Aliko Dangote, established with a mission to enhance opportunities for social change through strategic investments that improve health and wellbeing, promote quality education, and broaden economic empowerment opportunities. Dangote Foundation was incorporated in 1994 as a charity in Lagos, Nigeria. The Foundation has now become the largest private foundation in sub-Saharan Africa, with the largest endowment by a single African donor. The Foundation has contributed over $250 million in charitable funds to several causes in Nigeria and Africa over the past four years. The activities of the Foundation revolve around the four pillars of health and nutrition, empowerment, education and humanitarian relief.
Aliko Dangote was named to the 2016 Forbes list of the world’s top 100 most powerful people and is known for his commitments to health and development. He is the Founder, President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Group, the largest conglomerate in West Africa, based in Nigeria. The Group, which has subsidiaries that cut across cement production, sugar refining and flour milling, is present in 17 other African countries. It has also diversified into other sectors including agriculture and energy, and is building the largest refinery, petrochemical and fertiliser complex in Africa. One of the Group’s subsidiaries, Dangote Cement Plc, is the largest listed company in West Africa and the first Nigerian company to join the Forbes Global 2000 Companies list.
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The full list of leaders in attendance and involved at the September 27, 2018 event, held alongside the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the state of health and financing in Africa, is below.
Presenters and Discussants:
Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Founder and Chair, African Initiative for Governance and Co -Chair, GBCHealth
H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President, Togolese Republic
Mr. Aouele Eugene Aka, Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Republic of Côte D’Ivoire
Ray Chambers, WHO Ambassador for Global Strategy and Board Member, GBCHealth
Halima Dangote, Executive Director of Dangote Industries Limited, on behalf of Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group & Chairman, Aliko Dangote Foundation
Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, UNECA
Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia
Saurabh Sinha, Technical Lead, UNECA, who presented the preliminary findings of the report
The High Table:
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, Ph.D., Former President of the Republic of Nigeria
Hon. Sicily Kariuki, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Republic of Kenya
H.E. Hala Zaid, Minister of Health, Arab Republic of Egypt
H.E Alfred Madigele, Minister of Health and Wellness, Republic of Botswana
H.E Bogolo Kenewendo, Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry for the Republic of Botswana
UN and Development Banks:
Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior VP for the 2030 Development Agenda, UN Relations & Partnerships, World Bank Group
Patrick Khulekani Dlamini, CEO and Managing Director, Development Bank of Southern Africa
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Private Sector and Partners
Jim Ovia, Chairperson, Zenith Bank
Acha Leke, Chairman, McKinsey & Company
Zouera Youssoufou, CEO, Aliko Dangote Foundation
Nancy Wildfeir-Field, President, GBCHealth
Today marks the start of Fair Trade Month and the 20th anniversary of Fair Trade USA, the award-winning social enterprise and leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America.
Twenty years ago, Fair Trade USA’s Founder and CEO Paul Rice brought an idea from his field work in Nicaragua to a one-room office in Oakland, California. What started with coffee and conviction – and not much else – is now the leading market-based model of sustainable production, trade and consumption.
Since its launch with coffee in 1998, Fair Trade USA has --
Partnered with over 1,300 brands to generate more than $500 million in additional income for farmers and workers around the world.
Expanded to more than 30 different product categories including coffee, tea, coconut, seafood, cocoa, produce, apparel, home goods, and more.
Grown into an internationally-acclaimed social enterprise and leading certifier, with an estimated $7 billion in U.S. retail sales of Fair Trade Certified products in 2017 alone.
Established key brand partnerships with market leaders including: Patagonia, west elm, Gap Inc., Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Starbucks, Nespresso, Driscoll’s, Dole, General Mills, PepsiCo, Whole Foods, Costco, Target, Walmart and more.
In honor of its 20th Anniversary, Fair Trade USA partnered with SF-based production agency Avocados & Coconuts to produce a new video celebrating its history, growth and plans for the future. The organization also launched its Fair Trade Difference campaign today to help spread awareness of the importance of Fair Trade and the important difference it makes. The campaign highlights the variety of Fair Trade Certified products that exist in the marketplace, as well as a 20th Anniversary Giveaway with the opportunity to win a $4000 west elm bedroom makeover and a $4000 pantry restock from Kroger.
Fair Trade Market Skyrockets
As Fair Trade USA enters its 20th year, increasing consumer awareness and demand is causing a wave of momentum among brands and retailers. In the last year, approximately 2 new Fair Trade Certified were launched every day, including Patagonia wetsuits, west elm furniture, Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man Coffee, Flor de Caña Rum and Mexican limes. And a new J.Crew and Madewell partnership means newly-certified clothing is in the works for the coming years, reflecting the brands’ renewed commitment to ethical sourcing.
Looking toward the next 20 years, Fair Trade USA is poised to further scale its model -- investing significant capital in global expansion to foster sustainable development and community empowerment around the world, and adding focus domestically with the certification of farms in the United States for the first time. Fair Trade USA has also announced a goal to generate $1 billion in impact for farmers and workers by 2023.
Bringing Fair Trade Home
Given its proven track record of success in more than 45 countries, Fair Trade USA has now brought the benefits of Fair Trade certification to farmers, factory workers and fishermen in the United States. There are currently about 2 million farm workers in this country, 80% of whom are migrant laborers from Central and South America. These people face many of the same challenges (inhumane and unsafe conditions, child labor/human trafficking, fair compensation) as agricultural producers and factory workers in developing countries. There exists an opportunity to improve their working conditions, their communities and their lives through Fair Trade.
“Farm workers remain among the most economically disadvantaged working groups in the United States. We can no longer turn our backs on them,” said Paul Rice, Founder & CEO of Fair Trade USA. “It has taken many years of research and preparation, but we have begun to certify local farms and we are so inspired by the results and the response from both brands and consumers.”
Since 2016, a total of 6 produce farms, 2 fisheries and 1 apparel factory have been certified in North America. Fair Trade USA has partnered domestically with brands such as Kroger, Costco and Whole Foods to better the livelihoods of farm workers throughout the country through compliance with social, economic, environmental and safety standards.
Family-owned produce farm Wholesum Harvest was one the first to implement domestic Fair Trade certification for its farm in Arizona. Workers there voted to invest their Fair Trade Community Development Funds to reduce health insurance premiums for employees, and now 88% of workers on the farm have opted for coverage, up from just 5% that opted for coverage before the program. They share a long-term vision to foster a thriving community near their workplace, so future projects include building affordable housing, opening a low-cost store and creating green spaces for recreation.
“We have been working with Fair Trade USA for over 6 years, certifying our farms in Mexico and achieving amazing benefits as a result of Fair Trade, including a new community center, school buses, and a family park,” said Theojary Crisantes, Vice President of Operations at Wholesum Harvest. “We are so excited to now be able to offer these benefits to our workers in Arizona as well, while also giving shoppers added transparency and traceability.”
As Fair Trade USA continues to strategically work with U.S. farms, factories and fisheries, the organization remains committed to the international cooperatives, independent smallholders and farm workers that make up the vast majority certified organizations on its roster.
About Fair Trade USA
Fair Trade USA is an internationally-acclaimed social enterprise that promotes sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers, protects fragile ecosystems, and builds strong, transparent supply chains in partnership with over 1,300 leading brands and retailers. Its trusted Fair Trade Certified™ seal signifies that rigorous standards have been met in the production, trade and promotion of Fair Trade products from countries across the globe. Recognized as a leading social venture by the World Economic Forum, the Skoll Foundation, Fast Company and Ashoka, Fair Trade USA also provides critical capacity-building programs at origin and educates consumers about the power of their purchases. Visit www.FairTradeCertified.org for more information.
United States: To fight heart disease, UPS workers are supporting The Heart Association at a walking event and teaching teenagers about road safety through the UPS Road Code program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Also, UPS employees continue to help with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.
Canada: Planting trees with the Credit Valley Conservation, hosting a charity book sale with Laubach Literacy-New Brunswick and feeding the homeless at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Foundation.
Latin America: Cleaning and revitalization of endangered bird nurseries with SOS Fauna of Brazil and working at the 3rd Beneficent Futeball Cup UPS Brazil to benefit two shelters Solid Rock and Sitio Agar.
Europe: Painting classrooms for the indoor training center with The Salvation Army in the UK and renovating railway wagons with the Foundation of Narrow-Gauge Railways.
Asia-Pacific: Providing care and education for disadvantaged children with Big Sister/Big Brother brain booster activities to supplement their tutorials with Project Pearls Inc. in the Philippines and improving the living condition with education by cleaning the library and surrounding area for Indonesia’s Bulir Padi Foundation. Additionally, UPS volunteers continue to assist with Typhoon Mangkhut (otherwise known as Super Typhoon Ompong in the Philippines) recovery efforts.
ISMEA: Promoting efforts for enriching rural communities through organized philanthropy with Rural Education and Development Trust in Mumbai and creating a free and safe place for children to play, providing mentorship programs of social education and recreational and cultural activities at the St. Thomas Home for Children in Dubai.
UPS Global Headquarters (Atlanta), Chicago Area Consolidation Hub (CACH), Information Services New Jersey (IS NJ): Packing meals for children around the world with Feed My Starving Childrenand supporting efforts with the American Cancer Society at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
UPS® Freight: Cleaning up summer camp area will help to ensure the camp is ready for winter and then the following camp year for the YMCA and supporting HomeAgain by creating a homey atmosphere by renewing and beautifying the interior and exterior.
UPS Airlines: Working at Halloween events at the Louisville Zoo and supporting the Special Olympics through the UPS Plane Pull to help raise funds for athletes to participate. Teams will compete to see who can pull a 160,000 pound UPS cargo plane 12 feet in the shortest time.
The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) launched a two-year pilot program that aims to help prevent chronic opioid use among post-surgical patients. The program, which is supported by a $247,000 grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, will address the issue via patient education and engagement, as well as provider improvement strategies.
Persistent use of opioids remains one of the most common complications after elective surgery, according to recent reports. A study published in JAMA Surgery revealed that 6 percent of people who received opioids for the first time after surgery were still taking them three to six months later.
HCIF is partnering with the Pennsylvania National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Consortium (PANC), a voluntary association of 14 Pennsylvania medical centers across the state. As part of the program, called “Pennsylvania Opioid Surgical Stewardship Enterprise,” HCIF will also leverage existing collaboration among the surgical departments at the medical centers and recruit additional hospital-based surgical teams statewide to form a Patient and Family Advisory Council, as well as a Medical Advisory Council. The councils will guide the development and review of resources.
“At HCIF, we look forward to addressing this important topic with Pennsylvania surgical teams and partnering with patients across the state to develop health-literate materials to optimize patients’ understanding and engagement,” said Pam Braun, Vice President of Clinical Improvement at the Health Care Improvement Foundation.
HCIF has earned recognition for its ability to drive high-value healthcare through stakeholder collaboration and quality improvement initiatives, including regional efforts focused on medication safety issues such as antimicrobial stewardship, appropriate use of Hydromorphone and Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE) system evaluation.
Led by PANC Vice President Dr. Matthew Philp, who serves as the program’s Physician Champion and Principal Medical Advisor, the new initiative involves creating and disseminating resources meant to prevent opioid misuse. Resources will include patient education videos, procedure-specific opioid prescribing guidelines and suggested pain management plans.
“Our aim is to help guide clinicians prescribing opioids by developing education materials focused on setting preoperative expectations, perioperative prescribing and the use of postoperative non-opioid pain regimens. The process will involve educating patients about perioperative opioid use and safe disposal mechanisms for leftover medications,” Dr. Philp said.
As part of its commitment to combat opioid misuse, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation partners with municipal entities and nonprofits at the local and national level to bolster efforts that address the issue through safe disposal, education around prevention and innovative solutions. The Foundation recently launched an Opioid Resource Grant Program that will enable the nonprofit to support and advance ideas from innovative nonprofits, in an effort to redefine best practices in the fight against the opioid epidemic.
“There is no one-size fits all approach to combating opioid misuse. To maximize our impact, we actively look to partner with organizations across the healthcare continuum to address the issue from a variety of angles,” said Gina Clark, President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. “We particularly seek preventive solutions – and HCIF’s program arms providers and patients with resources to help prevent misuse among post-surgical patients.”
About the Health Care Improvement Foundation
The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) is an independent nonprofit organization that drives high-value health care through stakeholder collaboration and targeted quality improvement initiatives. Based in Philadelphia, PA, HCIF is dedicated to the vision of a responsive, coordinated health care delivery system that fulfills the needs of patients and consumers, and achieves better health. Since its inception in 1980, HCIF has been recognized as an outstanding example of how advances in quality care can be achieved through large-scale collaborations.
About the AmerisourceBergen Foundation
The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization established by AmerisourceBergen Corporation to support health related causes that enrich the global community. The Foundation aims to improve the health and well-being of its patient populations – both human and animal – by investing in its communities. Through strategic partnerships and community collaboration, the Foundation works to expand access to quality healthcare and provide sources to ensure prescription drug safety. For more information, visit www.amerisourcebergenfoundation.org.
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