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Private Sector Can Add ‘Unique Value’ To Efforts To Achieve UHC In Africa

Devex: Opinion: Achieving UHC in Africa requires focus and collaboration from the private sector
Carla Kriwet, executive vice president and CEO of the Connected Care businesses at Philips and member of the Royal Philips Executive Committee, and Githinji Gitahi, group chief executive officer at Amref Health Africa and co-chair of the UHC2030 Steering Committee

“…Improving access to care in underserved communities in Africa will require stronger partnerships that leverage the unique skills and resources of governments, civil society, and the private sector alike. … There are five areas where the private sector can add unique value to help achieve UHC: 1. Understanding patients … 2. Implementing innovations at scale … 3. Designing the right business models … 4. Building government capacity … 5. Innovating to meet local needs … Moving the needle on UHC will require that public and private players share innovative ideas and form durable partnerships. … Forum’s such as next year’s Africa Health Agenda International Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, and the upcoming U.N. high-level meeting on UHC, will galvanize health leaders, innovators, and the private sector to redouble our collective efforts to realize universal health coverage by 2030 — with the aim of increasing quality of life for each and every person and building human capital for the prosperity of all” (1/9).