NIGERIA – The African Business Coalition for Health (ABCHealth) has collaborated with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on joint initiatives aimed at improving the healthcare industry in Africa.

ABCHealth Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mories Atoki signed the agreement on behalf of the African business coalition while Dr. Erasmus Morah who is UNAIDS’s Country Director signed on behalf of the organization in Lagos, Nigeria.

ABCHealth is a coalition of businesses, philanthropists and development institutions that collectively seek greater private sector contribution towards Africa’s health needs at national, regional and continental levels.

The ambitious platform aims to develop and implement impactful health programs across Africa as well as deepen knowledge to build evidence for future investments focused on healthcare.

It also strengthens coordination among African business leaders, governments, companies, health professionals, philanthropists, global business networks and other critical stakeholders for integrated action on health.

African Business Coalition for Health has partnered with UNAIDS to address the demand for significant investments in Africa’s healthcare systems to meet the needs of the continent’s growing populations, changing patterns of diseases along with the internationally agreed development goals.

The agreement will support Nigeria’s HIV and health sector response to accelerate equitable access to care, address institutional barriers to social justice and mobilize stakeholders in health financing.

Additionally, it aims to reduce inequalities that increase people’s vulnerability and position communities at the center of the response to HIV including other health challenges such as COVID-19.

It also covers the areas of cooperation in line with UNAIDS’ strategic priorities highlighted in its Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026 as well as ABCHealth’s strategic priority of leveraging partnerships to drive sustainable development in Africa’s health space.

Chairman of the African Business Coalition for Health Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede emphasized that collaborations in the African continent private sector will help nations to address the health challenges currently facing the region since governments alone cannot carry the burden.

For Africa to achieve significant impact in solving emerging health issues, actions must be cohesive. Our coalition of businesses will continue to foster strategic alliances to address the health challenges the continent currently faces,” Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede pointed out.

In addition, businesses in the private and public sectors focused on advancing the health and wealth of Africa were called upon to join the African Business Coalition for Health to enhance health outcomes and improve livelihoods in the continent.

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