AFRICA HEALTH BUSINESS PARTNERS WITH THE GLOBAL FUND TO INCREASE PRIVATE SECTOR ENGAGEMENT IN ENDING AIDS, TB AND MALARIA IN AFRICA

Cape Town, South Africa  – Africa has achieved significant progress in reducing the burden of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. Despite this, the diseases continue to pose a major public health threat across Africa. In particular, sub-Saharan African countries continue to be the worst-affected, mostly in regions where gender imbalance and social inequalities are more pronounced.

AfricaHealth Business, an African health consultancy, announced its partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to support the Fund’s implementing partners in Africa through advocacy and resource mobilization, and explore innovative solutions to fighting the three diseases.

Through our network of African private sector and philanthropic partners, we look forward to spearheading innovative solutions in fighting the three diseases that are sustainable and impactful.” said Dr. Amit N. Thakker, Chairman & Co-founder, Africa Health Business.

 

Through its partnership with the Global Fund, Africa Health Business will focus on creating mechanisms to engage private and philanthropic sectors to play a key role in resource mobilization to step up the fight to end the epidemics.

“We can only succeed in our fight to end AIDS, TB and malaria by working with private sector partners,” said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “We need the private sector’s resources, innovation and know-how to counter the threat of drug resistance, to extend our reach and to build stronger health systems – all of which will save more lives.”

Advocating for a pro-growth environment where health partnerships and policies are developed with participation from private sector partners will be imperative to reducing the burden of the three diseases.

The partnership announcement was made at a high-level private sector event hosted by the Global Fund and GoodbyeMalaria on the margins of the World Economic Forum on Africa, being held from 4-6 September in Cape Town.