Clinton Global Initiative: Pitching for Partnerships
Watch Dr. Jonathan D. Quick Pitch for Partnerships at CGI
People without regular access to quality essential medicines in low income countries often first turn to their local drug shops for their medicines and healthcare advice needs. These shops may not be legally licensed, may have staffs that are untrained, and may sell medicines of uncertain quality or that they are not allowed to dispense. Regulatory inspection is infrequent and shops receive no supportive supervision. The result is poor quality treatment that may lead to prolonged suffering, or worse, death.
Our innovative model relies on public-private partnerships at the national, district and community levels. Governments develop and enforce quality standards, while providing economic incentives such as authorization to legally sell a number of prescription-only medicines. When these sales are coupled with the sale of non-prescription medicines, medical supplies, and personal care products, the likelihood of profitability and long-term sustainability of the accredited shops increases. Private sector partners contribute to accreditation costs (including training), product supply, shop renovations, and financing. The shop owners have a vested interest in the success of their business as do their employees. The communities served by these shops benefit from increased access to quality medicines and health advice.
Management Sciences for Health has made a CGI commitment to help countries expand access to Accredited Drug Shops to at least 70 million people in Africa. We're over halfway to achieving this commitment. We are seeking partners to bring Accredited Drug Shops to all of Africa and beyond.
MSH is looking for three types of partners:
- Social Enterprise Partners: to assist in the start-up phase in new countries.
- Scale Partners: to expand coverage in current countries like Liberia and Uganda.
- Innovation Partners: to add more health services to the Accredited Drug Shops. This includes: strengthening family planning and reproductive health services for women and girls; using an mHealth approach to improve maternal and newborn care, addressing chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes; and utilizing mobile technologies.