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Australia : Barclays and GSK form partnership to increase access to healthcare and promote economic development in Zambia.

Barclays and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have formed a new partnership which aims to increase access to affordable healthcare and medicines for people in Zambia, while helping to create improved economic conditions for growth. Barclays and GSK are combining their skills and expertise to help remove financial barriers to healthcare access, while supporting small business development and job creation.

The partnership aims to create a model that can be scaled across Africa to help more people access affordable healthcare.

Despite substantial economic growth in Africa over the last few decades, access to affordable healthcare remains one of the greatest challenges to sustained economic development. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 11% of the world s population, yet bears 24% of the global disease burden and commands less than 1% of global health expenditure. It also faces a severe shortage of trained medical personnel, with just 3% of the world s health workers deployed in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Barclays and GSK will together invest up to Au7m over 3 years, comprising financial support and on the ground resource, with the ambitious goal to reach 1 million out of the total population of 14 million people living in Zambia, by 2016. Working in partnership with government and other stakeholders, the programme will explore how to: help build a cost effective private sector medicine supply chain; establish small enterprise health outlets; test an affordable micro health insurance product; and embed healthcare education in existing community finance networks.

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Date:Sep 27, 2013
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