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.
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