Every person should have access to basic healthcare and medicines to live a healthy, happy and productive life. ARC aims to increase access to medicines and health commodities for patients in Africa by working with ministries of health in countries with the greatest need.
Up to half of patients in Africa lack access to critical medicines, resulting in many health challenges and leading to millions of preventable deaths. Substantial investment has been contributed towards making medicines and health products available to patients. However, long-term results are not being achieved at the rate needed to match Africa’s growth. Health system supply chains continue to face substantial challenges that are limiting the ability of countries to meet their health goals, including insufficient infrastructure and asset optimisation, strategic planning and skills capacity .
The alignment of partners and stakeholders in health supply chains remains paramount to building strong, functional health supply systems that reach the ‘last mile’. Additionally, all over Africa there are untapped pools of talent and expertise that could contribute significantly to bringing new ideas and approaches to how countries serve all their patients and communities effectively.
ARC is a trusted independent enabler of long-term supply chain transformation initiatives and investments in Africa. To drive long-term transformation and build the capacity of ministries of health, ARC follows a government-led process of generating demand for supply chain investment and brokering resources and expertise from all sectors. ARC endeavours to build an extensive network of private sector, academic and professional institution partners to achieve this.
ARC connects in-country stakeholders from different areas of the health supply system with each other and with lessons learnt from other countries.
ARC complements transformation initiatives by bringing new ideas and approaches to supply chains.
ARC collaborates on large-scale transformation initiatives through developing cross-sector partnerships.