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Access Accelerated Initiative

Active Since: 2017

Multi-Company Partnership
Access Accelerated

Contributing to SDGs…

Tackling the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in low and middle-income countries and supporting progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

  • Academia or research institute

    Boston University

    Contribution

    A team from Boston University (BU) has developed a first-of-its-kind measurement framework as part of Access Accelerated that serves as a common language for categorizing, understanding and comparing access programs.

  • Global NGOs

    C/Can 2025

    Contribution

    Supporting multi-stakeholder coalitions at the city level to improve access to cancer treatment and care.

    PATH

    Contribution

    Landscape mapping, gap analysis and coordination across the NCD landscape in Focus Countries to reduce fragmentation and promote synergies/collaboration.

    World Heart Federation

    Contribution

    Implementation and capacity building on cardiovascular disease in Focus Countries.

  • Government

    Kenya Ministry of Health

    Contribution

    Across partnership efforts in Kenya with the World Bank, AMPATH, NCD Alliance Kenya, WHF, PATH and others, Access Accelerated works to advance the goals of the Ministry of Health for Kenya, working in close collaboration with its NCD Division to understand priorities and needs.

  • Intergovernmental Organizations and Multilaterals

    World Bank

    Contribution

    The World Bank is working with Access Accelerated to implement a series of capacity-building pilots and evidence-building studies in LMICs around the world.

    NCD Alliance

    Contribution

    Supporting people-centered NCD action and advocacy in Focus Countries.

  • Local NGOs

    NCD Alliance Kenya

    Contribution

    Supporting people living with NCDs (PLWNCDs) and advocates in Kenya.

    NCD Alliance Ghana

    Contribution

    Supporting people living with NCDs (PLWNCDs) and advocates in Ghana.

    Kenya Cardiac Society

    Contribution

    Working with WHF to define priorities in cardiovascular disease in Kenya, and roll out tools such as refreshed treatment guidelines.

  • Professional and trade associations

    World Heart Federation

    Contribution

    Implementation and capacity building on cardiovascular disease in Focus Countries.

    Access Accelerated

  • Logistics and supply chain

    Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH)

    Contribution

    Implementing a two-year NCD care pilot in two counties in Kenya (Busia and Trans-Nzoia).

Objectives

Access Accelerated brings together over 20 biopharmaceutical companies committed to tackling the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in low and middle-income countries and supporting progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. By collaborating with partners, we co-create scalable and sustainable solutions to improve people’s health.

NCDs are an urgent public health challenge. In 2015, approximately 75% of deaths due to NCDs occurred in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); almost half of these deaths occurred in people under age 70 and are considered premature.  Many are preventable with proper treatment and care, but health systems still struggle to respond effectively to burgeoning rates of NCDs.  Global development assistance for NCDs is low; in 2015, NCDs attracted only 1.3% of all development assistance for health ($475 million). The high cost of NCD-related healthcare and the reduced productivity of patients leads to a loss of household income, trapping people in a cycle of poverty and limiting development more generally. On a larger scale, it is estimated that NCDs will cost LMICs US$21 trillion over the next three decades, posing a significant threat to the achievement of the SDGs.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

Access Accelerated is a unique cross-industry collaboration that seeks to reduce barriers to prevention, treatment and care for NCDs in lower- and middle-income countries (LMIC) through health systems strengthening (HSS) and alignment with Universal Health Coverage (UHC) objectives and priorities.  For the first time, 24 global biopharmaceutical companies have come together to bring their global reach and local expertise in partnership with countries, civil society, multilaterals and NGOs to support cross-sectoral dialogue and drive on-the-ground implementation and action plans to address NCDs.

The following provides a brief overview of Access Accelerated’s key workstreams: how and where we are implementing on-the-ground.

  • Programs: As part of their Access Accelerated commitment, our member companies are launching and expanding programs to address NCDs in LMICs around the world.  These efforts are captured and shared via the IFPMA Partnerships Directory as well as through a dedicated Access Accelerated Open Platform. Our members are also working with Boston University to apply a common reporting framework to their work, sharing program details and indicator results via the a public platform, the Access Observatory.
  • Partnerships: As a collective, Access Accelerated collaborates with cross-sector institutions driving impactful work at the global, national and local level in alignment with our core mission. As of January 2019, we are engaged in the following partnerships:
  • The World Bank: Supporting LMICs at the national level to develop sustainable systems providing access to NCD services, testing pilot models and other technical support.
  • C/Can 2025: Supporting multi-stakeholder coalitions at the city level to improve access to cancer treatment and care.
  • NCD Alliance: Supporting people-centered NCD action and advocacy in Focus Countries.
  • PATH: Landscape mapping, gap analysis and coordination across the NCD landscape in Focus Countries to reduce fragmentation and promote synergies/collaboration.
    World Heart Federation: Implementation and capacity building on cardiovascular disease in Focus Countries.
  • Platforms: Across all our work, we seek to connect with key stakeholders at global and country levels, co-creating sustainable multi-sector platforms to promote collaboration, enhance impact and reduce fragmentation of NCD programming.  In particular, we are focusing our efforts in a set of 3 initial Focus Countries: Kenya, Ghana and Vietnam.
Quote
"The work [Access Accelerated] is doing... is desperately needed. It is time we put action at the forefront of public policy.”
Dr. Sania Nishtar
CEO of Heartfile

SDGs THE PARTNERSHIP CONTRIBUTES TO

SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

  1. 3.4: NCDs (including mental health)
  2. 3.C: Health workforce

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals 

RESULTS & MILESTONES

Please visit the Access Accelerated Open Platform for up-to-date information on the progress and results of our programs and partnerships.