Health Working Group

December 3, 2014  "Ebola: Meet the Experts - A Reverse Procurement Launch Event"

The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) in cooperation with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held this event at the Rayburn House Office Building. The purpose of this event was to provide a chance for members of the international community responding to the Ebola crisis to “meet the experts” from businesses who have expertise in products and services relevant to the US Ebola response. Bringing together decision-makers and businesses that have existing relationships in West Africa, businesses were able to showcase existing service delivery networks and areas of expertise for the private and public sector to take advantage of in addressing the ongoing Ebola crisis, and as preparation for long-term recovery begins. Businesses with expertise in medical technology, response planning, telecommunications and technical assistance presented an overview of their capabilities and how they are positioned to assist in the US Ebola response in front of 50 attendees. The full agenda and company profiles can be viewed by clicking here.
The following companies presented, please click the company name to view their full presentation from the event:
- Dr. Jeff Hersh, Chief Medical Officer, GE Healthcare
- Dr. Eddy C. Agbo, Chairman & CEO, Fyodor Biotechnologies Corporation
- Rob Ryan-Silva, Chief of Party on RESPOND Project, DAI
- Dr. Simone Bianco, Research Staff Member, IBM
- Bill Van Dyke, President,  Black & Veatch Special Projects
- Brian Dearing, Consultant, HDT Global
- Barbara Keating, President, Computer Frontiers, Inc.

October 22, 2014    "Ebola Outbreak & Private Sector Response" | CCA Members Only
During this working group session, CCA members convened to have an open discussion on the crucial role the private sector has to play and how member companies can best be utilized. Many companies in attendance shared their current efforts such as PwC's internal response team forming a logistics management hub in Accra, Project HOPE's partnership with the government of Sierra Leone to respond to the crisis, and initiatives such as KRL's "Ebola Private Sector Mobilization Group (EPSMG)" which was established in early August to facilitate a mobilized and coordinated private sector response. Members shared key challenges and barriers to engagement, and identified the role they need to play in the mid and long-term: a procurement role to best provide the varied expertise needed, personnel on the ground and strong advocacy and clear information dissemination.

October 7, 2014    "Nigeria’s Rapid Response and Containment of Ebola"
The session featured guest speaker, H.E. Dr. Olajide Idris, Commissioner for Health of Lagos State, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Dr. Idris highlighted details that resulted in the exceptional containment of Ebola in Lagos. Dr. Idris provided background on Lagos as a megacity saying that “the containment effort was not something that happened overnight.” Dr. Idris said that Lagos’ ability to contain Ebola came from tremendous support from the CDC, WHO and the entire Nigerian community. Lagos has faced cholera and H1N1 outbreaks in the past and according to Dr. Idris, these teams that managed the outbreaks were thus better equipped to deal with the Ebola virus. Upon confirming that the deadly virus had reached Nigeria, Dr. Idris said that the first course of action was to isolate “Patient X”, decontaminate and finally, train all health workers on proper procedures of dealing with Ebola. Read More

September 12, 2014    “Ebola in West and Central Africa: A Public-Private Partnership Response”
Upon the request of the U.S. Department of State, CCA’s Health Working Group convened the roundtable “Ebola in West and Central Africa: A Public-Private Partnership Response” on Thursday, September 12, 2014. Stephen Hayes, President and CEO of CCA began welcoming over 65 representatives of private sector companies in attendance, and introduced Ambassador Bisa Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State for opening remarks. She began by stating, “This is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the disease is spreading at an alarming rate, doubling almost every 3 weeks.” While local and global health authorities have been working to control the spread of the disease, Ambassador Williams stressed that more resources are required to address the current crisis and will require “a private and public partnership strategy to tackle it.” She noted that the U.S. government is exploring the best way to engage the private sector in a broad, coordinated response and mobilize resources.’ She then introduced guest speakers from the World Health Organization (WHO), and two government agencies the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to brief participants on the current situation, their agencies responses and potential mechanisms for the private sector to collaborate. Read More

September 11, 2014    "The Devolution of Kenya's Health Sector: A Mandela-Washington Fellow's Perspective” 
On September 11th, CCA’s Health Working Group (HWG) convened the session titled, “The Devolution of Kenya's Health Sector: A Mandela-Washington Fellow's Perspective” with guest speaker Fatma Bazahy, Sub County Medical Officer of Malindi, Kenya. Kenya’s health sector, projected to expand to a $4B market by 2025 (Open Capital Advisors), is undergoing transition as decision-making authority for health services is now devolved to the county level. In June 2013, CCA member company JHPIEGO briefed members at the onset of Kenya’s decentralization process. Ms. Bazahy’s presentations offered attendees a follow-up and renewed of Kenya’s health sector now that the government has progressed. She provided attendees a grassroots-level perspective on the changes and her observations of the healthcare system, shifts in decision-making authority, policy orientation and objectives.  Read More

June 16, 2014    "Making the Case for Centers of Excellence to Transform Health Systems" 
On Monday, June 16, 2014, CCA’s Health Working Group hosted Kelly S. Willis, Executive Director,  Accordia Global Health Foundation, for a session entitled “Transforming Health Systems Through Centers of Excellence.” Kelly briefed 30+ attendees on how Accordia’s work provides a sustainable solution to improve health systems in Africa.  Accordia establishes, supports, and sustains “Centers of Excellence” in health, enabling locally relevant research, high quality training and education programs, and the delivery of essential healthcare services to millions. Read More

May 20, 2014    "Innovative Mobile Technologies to Improve Women’s and Children’s Health"
This panel discussion highlighted three organizations selected to receive catalytic grants from the United Nations' Innovation Working Group (IWG) in support of the Every Woman, Every Child movement: Village Reach, JSI’s SC4CCM Project and Malaria No More. Panelists discussed experiences in scaling up their evidence-based mHealth interventions. Dr. Patricia Mechael, executive director of the mHealth Alliance, began by providing an overview of the grant competition and the process of assisting mobile health projects in moving beyond the pilot phase to achieve scale. Funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation through the mHealth Alliance, grants awarded support and encourage the scale-up of innovative mHealth projects that improve the lives of mothers and children. Technical leadership is provided to recipients from the World Health Organization. The first round of awards were administered in 2011, and collectively since then, the three rounds of IWG grantees aspire to reach nearly 31 million people spread across communities in 14 countries with life-saving messaging and services. 
April 24, 2014    "PPPs for Health: Nigeria's Cross River State Hospital and IFC"
The joint Health and Infrastructure Working Group featured Mr. Bayo Oyewole, Principle Officer at IFC and Dr. John Adesioye, CEO of Utopian Consulting LLC. Both speakers discussed the 105-bed referral hospital project to be located in Calabar in depth. Attendees heard both IFC’s role as an advisor to the Government of Cross Rivers State on the project preparation, tender process and overall lessons learned and Utopian’s role as the Lead Consortium Member on this project and the current status, risk factors, and funding strategies. In 2013, the government of Cross River State hired IFC as the lead transaction advisor to support in the structuring and implementation of a PPP that would spearhead the hospital. The hospital aims to deliver affordable, international standard of healthcare for the state, and is an anticipated PPP success story for IFC. The hospital PPP agreement was signed on June 24, 2013, and is expected to be operational in 2015. Several risk factors and challenges were noted such as lack of expertise in infrastructure development, financial constraints with the Cross Rivers State government not following through on the initially agreed upon 100% Capex; governmental affairs challenges and resistance of investors buy-in on projects involving/partnering with state governments. Download presentations here: IFC Presentation and Cross Rivers Presentation 

March 27, 2014    "What Does Universal Health Coverage Mean for the Private Sector in Africa?"
On March 27th, CCA’s Health Working Group featured Jorge Coarasa, Senior Economist, Investment Climate at The World Bank Group along with government officials from the Ghanaian and Rwandan embassies, two of the few sub-Saharan African countries who have initiated proven efforts to enable Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The discussion focused on the importance of private sector involvement to enable UHC and an overview of the health schemes that have been undertaken in Ghana and Rwanda. The briefing began with remarks from Bonny Musefano, Commercial Attaché from the Embassy of Rwanda. Today, 20 years after the genocide, Rwanda has tripled its GDP and aims to continue “setting the country apart and serving as a model for other African countries.” Read More