The private sector plays a key role in helping countries to reach universal access to quality, affordable health care. It brings additional capital, expertise and innovation and engages in supply chain logistics and manufacturing of medical equipment and drugs, among others. For many GFF partner countries, the private sector can help expand quality and affordable services to reach communities in the most vulnerable areas.
As a key part of the GFF model since its inception, the private sector is represented on the GFF Investors Group and actively participates in country stakeholder platforms. The GFF also leverages technical partnerships with private global partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MSD for Mothers, Laerdal Global Health and the Rockefeller Foundation to support country-specific programs.
In 2019, the GFF joined Laerdal Global Health and the Government of Norway to launch a US$25 million “Innovation to Scale” challenge as part of its Innovations Partnership. This partnership has expanded with contributions of US$5 million from MSD for Mothers and US$2.5 million from the Rockefeller Foundation to enable countries to invest in scalable and sustainable innovations to transform primary healthcare systems. To date, the $7.5 million from Rockefeller Foundation and MSD for Mothers has catalyzed approximately $281 million in World Bank financing and GFF grants to help countries such as such as Mali, Rwanda, Tanzania and others to design and implement innovation programs.
“Innovation has enormous potential to transform primary health care systems and accelerate progress in the health and nutrition of women, children and adolescents. MSD for Mothers is proud to be a part of this collaboration supporting countries to design and integrate scalable and sustainable innovations that improve care and service delivery in the most underserved communities.” — Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, AVP, Health Equity and Lead, MSD for Mothers