Africas private sector leads the fight against Covid

Africa’ s private sector organisations are playing a significant role in healthcare delivery across the continent especially in the wake of the deadly pandemic, COVID-19.

The Africa Medical Supply Platform (AMSP) was launched by the African Union as an immediate, practical and integrated response to the pandemic.

The not-for-profit initiative is at the peak of hoarding of COVID-19 commodities such as personal protective equipment.

AMSP is led by the African Union Special Envoy, the Zimbabwean billionaire, Strive Masiyiwa and supported by private, philanthropic partners. It has now become a marketplace for linking African governments with manufacturers of COVID-19 commodities, including PPEs, therapeutics, diagnostics, cold chain and vaccines.

Notably, Africas model COVID-19 response would not be so successful without the participation of the private sector. Their support has spanned COVID-19 prevention, diagnostics, therapeutics and emergency care.

Through the AMSP, African governments can now pre-order COVID-19 vaccines. It is a testament to the power of community in responding to a global pandemic. It is safe to say that AMSP benefitted from its head being a successful private sector player with vast networks.

Drugs for managing COVID-19 are important in ensuring that those infected and who suffer from severe illness can be better managed and provided relief.

At least 48 of the 127 of the beneficiary countries are in Africa and most of them are low- and middle-income countries.

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