Global Fund, PharmAccess partners to accelerate health systems, disease treatment in Africa

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The Global Fund has signed a partnership agreement with Stichting PharmAccess Group to support African countries in building innovative, scalable health insurance models and extending coverage to people living with HIV by harnessing the power of digital technology.

The signing ceremony took place on Thursday 9th of May 2019 at the on-going Financial Times Future of Health Conference at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The conference organized by the Financial Times in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Joep Lange Institute brought together governments of several countries, multilateral organisations and global healthcare pioneers to explore how collaboration, mobile technology and innovation can accelerate inclusive and sustainable financing for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

This partnership will accelerate the achievement of the goal of universal health coverage and the SDGs by building resilient, sustainable and inclusive systems for health leveraging on digital technology which happens to be the main focus of this conference.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Peter Sands, the Executive Director of Global Fund, expressed his delight stating that the partnership will “pave the way for many Africans to access affordable and inclusive universal health coverage.”

The Global Fund is the largest multilateral provider of grants to build resilient and sustainable systems for health, which underpin universal health coverage. System strengthening Interventions include investments in supply chain, data and service delivery integration.

Monique Dolfing-Volgelenzang, the CEO of Stichting PharmAccess Group, at this landmark signing ceremony stressed the importance of the partnership aimed at “building country capacities in Africa on the implementation of health financing models with the use of mobile technology, pooling various types of funding, in order to fight HIV, TB and malaria and to reach Universal Health Coverage.”

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