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Public- Private Collaboration in Improving Pharmaceutical Outcomes

 

The proposal to convene the gathering of pharmaceutical educators, distributors, dispensers; business owners, hospitals, clinics along with regulators and the ministry of health is about developing strategies that will tackle the provision of essential medicines in providing universal coverage.

 We are presently seeking partnership in convening a five-day workshop/meeting in Liberia, for the purpose of developing strategies that will transform processes for improving Pharmaceutical outcomes in Liberia. It could be theme as “Empowering the local Communities” or “Strategizing for Medical Supplies in Providing Universal Coverage”. Suggestions are entertained.

The progress obtained in moving communities improving pharmaceutical outcomes is gradual, but the funding sources are not convinced that this trend could easily bring about the end to relying on foreign assistance. Many minds point to transforming present methods so that there is a huge sense of accountability and responsibility for decisions and actions.

The USAID insertion in this call is enforced by the present administration of the agency.

“The private sector is an inextricable stakeholder in driving and sustaining outcomes capable of moving countries beyond the need for assistance. Today, the private sector is playing an unprecedented role in creating and shaping opportunities that improve the lives of the people and communities USAID supports.  

The private sector in the developing world provides an important pathway to self-reliance. It is the driving force behind new innovations that solve problems. It brings expertise to building local markets that match local savings with investment opportunities and provide countries with the tools to finance their own development. The private sector has the scale and resources to match the complexity of challenges countries face on their Journey to Self-Reliance.”

Proposing workshops, gathering, meetings and discussions on making the optimistic changes should be welcome in moving the process forward. We have had these gatherings but with little or no ownership role played by private sector ideas.

We at the foundation for improving pharmaceutical outcomes in Liberia agreed that “each country must lead its own Journey to Self-Reliance, defined as its ability to plan, finance, and implement solutions to its own development challenges”.

Addressing challenges should not always be a proposal of government but a call that could come from the private sector as well. The trained professionals, investors, former officials, consumers of services and products; we all have got a part in this pie.  The inclusion of all sectors should accelerate the path to self-reliance.

As we engage and seek opportunities for becoming self-sustaining; strategies for building the requisite skills, resources, knowledge, local institutions, and incentives that enable local systems and markets can better become accommodating with the involvement of public-private collaboration.

I thought it wise to bring in Ambassador Mark Green’s message on the new policy on private-sector engagement. Mark Green is the Administrator of the United states Agency for International development (USAID).

The message:

“I am pleased to share with you our new policy on private-sector engagement. This policy comes at an exciting time in which leaders in both the public and private sectors are figuring out how to take the unique capabilities of each and apply them to problems that neither could address fully on their own. This engagement can make addressing challenges that once seemed insurmountable very real and achievable.

Private-sector engagement is fundamental to our goal to end the need for foreign assistance. This policy is a call to action for staff from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and our partners to embrace market-based approaches as a more-sustainable way to support communities in achieving development and humanitarian outcomes at scale. This is based on our premise that private enterprise is one of the most-powerful forces for lifting lives, strengthening communities, and accelerating countries to self-reliance.

I believe the future of international development is enterprise-driven. “Enterprise-driven development” means aligning with private enterprises as co-creators of market-oriented solutions, with shared risk and shared reward. It means recognizing the value of engaging the private sector in development and humanitarian assistance to help shape solutions that achieve sustained impact and can carry forward long after USAID’s support has ended and reorienting our investments to open markets for U.S. firms.

Implementing this policy will require a major cultural and operational transformation in the way USAID and our partners work. We must commit to deepening our collaboration with the private sector in seeking market-based approaches across all areas of our work, from economic growth, power, agriculture, and global health to humanitarian assistance, women’s empowerment, education, and addressing crisis and conflict.

steering, more than rowing, in an effort to create a force-multiplier that will allow us to work together with the private sector to achieve greater impact than either of us could achieve alone.

Ultimately, increasing our collaboration with the private sector across all areas of our work will make us better development and humanitarian professionals, bring us closer to our purpose of ending the need for foreign assistance, and provide greater opportunities for American Business.”

 

Released: December 30th, 2018 06:11 PM         Author: Joseph Kaiwood         Email: jkaiwood1@gmail.com