Setting in motion an upward spiral of trust, capital, quality and availability of health services.
Through an integrated approach, we leverage donor contributions to increase trust in the health system, reduce risk and transaction costs, and pave the way for private investments in quality and accessibility of care.
This approach has attracted international attention, including a G20 prize for our innovative financing model presented by U.S. President Obama in 2010 and the OPIC Impact Award for Access to Capital in 2014. Our interventions include introducing mHealth applications, improving quality of care, quality standards, providing access to loans for healthcare providers , facilitating access to health insurance and other health financing options, and conducting health analytics for evidence-based innovation.
PharmAccess was one of the first non-profit organizations to act on the enormous untapped potential of the private sector and recognize the need for capital investments in healthcare delivery. We advocated for a new paradigm for health in a prizewinning IFC/Financial Times essay in 2007, when this idea was still met with widespread resistance. Since then, the complementary role of the private sector in delivering an essential social service like healthcare is becoming increasingly accepted.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs was one of our first supporters, funding our approach through the Health Insurance Fund. This flexible and long-term funding was essential for testing different innovative financing mechanisms (including health insurance and later mHealth), building a strong network of partners and contributing to our mission to achieve a paradigm shift in healthcare in Africa. The support of the Dutch government remains crucial to the success of our work.
PharmAccess believes that mHealth can play a transformational role by accelerating the processes involved in improving access to healthcare in Africa by minimizing or removing the constraints inherent in both the demand and supply side of healthcare.
mHealth has the potential to:
- reach those currently excluded
- increase transparency;
- reduce transaction costs;
- reduce incidence of fraud;
- increase the efficiency & effectiveness of healthcare financing & delivery;
- increase the amount of effective investments in affordable quality healthcare;
- thus increasing trust and reducing risk throughout the healthcare value chain.
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