The Power of Partnerships
This month’s Insights newsletter focuses on partnerships as they’re at the heart of the work of GBCHealth and our member companies. In this issue, we take a look at several exciting new partnerships and examine their approaches to combining assets to unlock greater results. Each one illustrates today’s mantra in solving pressing global health problems: “No one organization can do it alone.”
Today, companies engaged in global health almost always collaborate with partners, including on-the-ground non-profits with deep-subject expertise and government agencies that bring experience, knowledge and funding. Each partner brings core skills and assets to the table, be they products, services, research & development, technical assistance, funding or experience reaching people the programs target. Combining and coordinating these contributions ensures the strongest impact when addressing a global health challenge head on. Collective actions are more efficient, cost-effective, mutually beneficial, and perhaps most important, sustainable.
Just in the last few weeks, GBCHealth member companies have launched a flurry of major partnerships. The Abbott Fund, the foundation of the global health care company Abbott, announced a $1 million partnership with the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Fund for Women and Girls to fund programs in Myanmar, formerly called Burma. At the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., both Chevron and BD announced major health-focused partnerships. BD’s $20 million collaboration with PEPFAR called “Labs for Life” will strengthen healthcare and laboratory systems in developing countries. Chevron’s partnership with several non-profits will amplify efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Nigeria, Angola and South Africa.
Choosing the right partner is critical to an effort’s success, said Chevron’s Rhonda Zygocki, Executive Vice President, Policy and Planning. “Making the pledge for us was easy but finding the right partnership took a year,” she said at an International AIDS Conference session in July on public-private partnerships. Successful partnerships also must have common goals and, for Chevron, reflect long-term commitments, Zygocki added. “The best ones,” she said, “are inspired by belief and sustained by mutual leadership and respect.”
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Partnership Improves Supply Chain of Medicines
The Coca-Cola Company Helps Global Fund Save Lives by Improving Delivery of Life-Saving Drugs in Tanzania
Have you ever traveled to a remote, rural village, only to discover Coca-Cola for sale at the local kiosk? Now, through a unique partnership, The Coca-Cola Company, a world leader in supply chain management, uses its core business expertise to improve the delivery of life-saving medicines to hard-to-reach rural areas in Tanzania.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was having trouble with the “last mile logistics” of getting drugs to people most in need. The challenge required more than money, it required expertise, and so the Global Fund turned to The Coca-Cola Company to contribute its supply chain knowledge to improve the delivery of life-saving drugs.
The Coca-Cola Company, Global Fund and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiated in 2009 the partnership which works closely with Tanzania’s Medical Stores Department. Accenture Development Partnerships soon joined to provide project management support while Yale University’s Global Health Leadership Institute tracked the progress. With each partner contributing its core skills and expertise, the drug delivery system in Tanzania has been revamped with medicines now reaching more than 5,000 clinics, a ten-fold increase from before.
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Partnerships Announced by Chevron, BD and Abbott
GBCHealth Member Companies Chevron, BD and the Abbott Fund Announce Partnerships to Address Urgent Global Health Problems
Chevron has announced a new partnership with four organizations to aggressively combat crisis-level mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Nigeria, Angola and South Africa. Each partner has a unique role to play from mothers2mother, a non-profit in Africa that teaches pregnant mothers how to prevent passing on HIV to their babies, to The Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born HIV Free, a private sector-led initiative with one goal: to end the transmission of HIV from mothers to children by 2015. Chevron made its announcement at the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in July.
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Also at the IAC, the global medical technology company BD and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced Labs for Life, a collaboration to help strengthen healthcare and laboratory systems in developing countries. Labs for Life, valued at $20 million, will target Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique and India.
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The Abbott Fund recently announced a partnership with the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Fund for Women and Girls to empower women and to address the critical needs of communities in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. This partnership makes the Abbott Fund, the philanthropic arm of the global healthcare company Abbott, among the first private foundations to actively engage in social programming in Myanmar.
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Eli Lilly Partnerships Take on Tuberculosis and Non-Communicable Diseases
Rarely are ambitious health goals met ahead of schedule. In 2003, the World Health Organization set a goal of treating 20,000 patients who have multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB) by 2010. Thanks in part to the Eli Lilly MDR-TB Partnership, that goal was achieved early and the partnership is now striving to reach a new target of treating 800,000 MDR-TB patients by 2015. Eli Lilly works in 80 countries with more than 20 partners, including international organizations, local TB programs and NGOs. The partnership implements MDR-TB care programs; trains doctors and nurses; transfers Lilly drug manufacturing technology to local pharmaceutical companies; helps research efforts to develop new medicines and raises awareness to prevent the spread of MDR-TB.
Between 2003-2011, Lilly provided $135 million in cash, medicines, and technology. In extending the partnership’s reach to 2012-2016, the Lilly Foundation has announced a commitment of $30 million over five years.
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In another partnership, Lilly has committed $30 million over five years to fight the rising burden of non-communicable diseases in developing countries. The Lilly NCD Partnership will initially focus on diabetes -- a core business area in which Lilly has deep expertise -- in Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa. The partnership combines the company's knowledge and resources with the expertise of leading global health organizations, hospitals and research facilities in each country. Based on the concept of “shared value,” the partnership aims to develop effective programs to improve health outcomes.
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Partnership Builds Workplace Health Programs for Small Businesses in Africa
GBCHealth Kenya, in partnership with Friends of the Global Fund Africa and Access Bank, recently trained 2,000 small and medium enterprises in Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia and Rwanda in addressing HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in the workplace. In addition, the GBCHealth Kenya team helped train numerous Access Bank peer educators on these health issues so that they, in turn, can train more businesses.
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The Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation Featured at International AIDS Conference
GBCHealth held a satellite session on July 26th at The International AIDS Conference that highlighted the results and forward plans for the innovative Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation. Representatives from the Kenyan and U.S. governments and from companies and non-profits spoke about the high incidence of HIV among Kenyan youth and how the HIV-Free Generation is working to stop the rampant spread of the virus among Kenyan’s young. Under the program, public-private partnerships connect with youth in creative ways – from youth-written magazine pages to TV and radio shows -- in pursuit of the goal of halving HIV incidence among Kenyan youth.
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Shuga: Love, Sex, Money: Popular TV Program with Safe Sex and HIV Messaging
UNICEF hosted a reception the week of the International AIDS Conference, followed by a screening for D.C.-area youth of the TV drama series Shuga: Love, Sex, Money, an MTV Networks show that targets Kenyan Youth. The screening featured two episodes followed by a Q&A session with cast members. Part of The Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation, Shuga engages youth around sexual health topics, many of which are considered taboo, such as rape, transactional sex and HIV.
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HP on its Award-Winning Partnership in Botswana
Partnerships are so key to solving global health problems that GBCHealth’s Business Action on Health Awards annually devotes a category to partnerships. This year, HP won for its work in developing mobile technology to improve and speed up reporting on malaria incidence in Botswana. Before, the process of tracking notifiable diseases in Botswana was manual and slow, hampering the government’s ability to respond effectively to outbreaks. Watch this interview with HP’s Gabi Zedlymyer to learn why partnerships are important to HP’s work on health and how HP chose to take on this health issue.
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Expert Perspective: Vicky Hausman of Dalberg Global Development Advisors on the Role of Partnerships in Reaching mHealth Potential
For businesses to effectively operate in the mHealth sector, partnerships have become a key tool. Illustrating this point, major companies, including African operator giants MTN and Telefonica, recently cited partnerships as critical components to move mHealth beyond small scale pilots into a mainstream global opportunity.
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Case Studies: Building Partnerships that Work in mHealth
Learn from the GBCHealth network of companies about how to implement effective partnerships. This report includes important advice in finding partners, setting the scope of a project and developing an appropriate exit strategy.
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Award Winning Partnerships: The Coca-Cola Company, ExxonMobil and Standard Chartered Bank Demonstrate the Power of Working Together to Fight Malaria
GBCHealth’s Business Action on Health award in the Partnerships category went to The Coca-Cola Company, Exxon Mobile and Standard Chartered Bank in 2010 for their work with Netsforlife. The partnership collaborates closely with national malaria programs to train and mobilize thousands of volunteers. The volunteers, in turn, distribute bed nets and teach people how and why to use them and how to recognize malaria symptoms.
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Leading Experts Discussed HIV Prevention Breakthroughs on GBCHealth’s Expert Connections Teleconference
On GBCHealth's June 27 teleconference, leading experts elaborated on several advances in HIV prevention techniques in which recent studies have shown remarkable success. These included voluntary male circumcision, the use of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to prevent a person with HIV from infecting their HIV-negative partner and how using treatment as prevention means that programs with widescale access to ARV treatment have the potential to eradicate HIV from their target populations.
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