As Africa’s economies continue to grow, outpacing other regions, the health needs of the rapidly growing middle class will also increase. This growth offers important opportunities to address Africa’s health challenges and improve health outcomes in both communicable and non-communicable diseases. It also signals significant potential for new investments in health infrastructure, capacity development, and the delivery of a broad array of health products and services.
The Corporate Council on Africa’s Health Program provides a platform for linking current and prospective members to growing investment opportunities in Africa’s health sector while addressing unmet public health needs. The program enables members to leverage its network and unique relationships between the private sector, multilateral agencies and U.S. and African governments through high-quality programming and frequent information-sharing. Health and health-interested members meet monthly during CCA’s Health Working Group meetings to discuss health investment opportunities, challenges and current trends.
The Health Program originated in September 2003 as CCA launched its HIV/AIDS Initiative with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The initiative was established to work with U.S. corporations to provide HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment to Africa-based workforces and to encourage private sector leadership in the response to HIV/AIDS. That focus expanded in 2007 as the initiative included a mandate to facilitate private sector leadership in responding to health and healthcare delivery in Africa beyond HIV/AIDS.