Global healthcare systems are improving, but in many developing countries people suffering from disease and disabilities are still unable to get the lifesaving care and treatment they need. Seven million children die every year from easily treatable or preventable conditions,1 and those living in rural areas are considerably more likely to die before the age of five than their urban counterparts.2 Millions of lives could be saved if existing healthcare practices were extended to more children and marginalized communities across the world.
Strengthening healthcare systems through effective management, staffing well trained and motivated health workers, and building reliable and extensive medicine supply chains can help to expand healthcare services and reach those who need it most. Governments and non-governmental organizations alike need to build their capabilities in terms of strategy, effective governance and back office support in order to deliver programs on the ground. Simultaneously, technology is playing an increasingly important role in healthcare delivery through clinical procedures and systems, data analytics, health administration and referral systems. However, implementing these innovations in order to improve service efficiency and cost effectiveness can be challenging for organizations lacking capacity and whose primary focus is delivering lifesaving care. As private sector companies become increasingly entrenched in global development, their potential role in healthcare partnerships and the possible gains from cross-sector collaboration rises. Utilizing the private sector to generate healthcare benefits whilst driving interrelated interventions across nutrition, hygiene, education and water will lead to substantial and sustainable development.
As Accenture Development Partnerships moves into the second half of 2013, we will be launching a new ‘Access to Health’ initiative. We will look to identify potential global health solutions from across our existing clients and build new, innovative public-private partnerships. Leveraging the expertise of Accenture’s Health and Public Service Offering Group, we aim to collaborate with our clients to bring business thinking and innovation to health organizations and in healthcare delivery. Medicines Patent Pool: new foundation start-up facilitated by Accenture Development Partnerships The future presents complex and daunting challenges for access to anti-retroviral treatment (ART) in developing countries due to increasing treatment needs, decreasing financial resources, and rising drug costs linked to the broader reach of antiretroviral (ARV) patents. To address these issues, UNITAID, a UN-based financing mechanism whose goal is to increase access to treatments and diagnostics for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in low-income countries, proposed the development of a Medicines Patent Pool—a ground breaking new model that will improve access to affordable, appropriate HIV medicines in developing countries through voluntary licensing and growth in the production of generic formulations.