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Finance Alliance for Health Launches at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting!

BY Living Goods • September 23, 2016

Living Goods on-stage with partners at Clinton Global Initiative This week, Living Goods Founder Chuck Slaughter joined an impressive group of global health leaders at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting to announce the launch of the Financing Alliance for Health. The new alliance is an innovative partnership between governments, organizations, and agencies to help governments design and fund effective community health programs in sub-Saharan Africa. See the full press release from the Financing Alliance for Health. Chuck joined Minister Kesete of Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Ray Chambers, Paul Farmer of Partners In Health, Raj Panjabi of Last Mile Health, and Jeff Walker of the UN Special Envoy’s Office on-stage on Wednesday during the launch presentation moderated by Chelsea Clinton.

Community health workers are often the first and only link to health services for millions in the developing world. There is growing evidence that strengthening community health systems has tremendous potential to save lives—including Living Goods’ randomized controlled study that supported a 27 percent reduction in under-five mortality. Furthermore, effective community health systems can support a positive economic return as high as 10:1 when accounting for the increased productivity from a healthier population. And as demonstrated through our work work in Uganda and Kenya, effective community health systems have significant potential to help empower women—both socially and economically.

Long-term financing is a critical piece of the solution. It’s estimated that over $3 billion is needed annually to support community health systems in Africa. In order to meet this need, the Financing Alliance for Health will work in close collaboration with governments to help leverage existing funds while exploring and mobilizing innovative new funding to support strong and effective health systems.
Long-term financing is a critical piece of the solution. It’s estimated that over $3 billion is needed annually to support community health systems in Africa.
The Financing Alliance for Health was born out of a community health worker investment case report led by a distinguished group of global health leaders in 2015. As one pillar of supporting and strengthening community health, the report recommended the creation of an alliance to help countries gain access to new and existing funding streams—beginning with community health. Living Goods is proud to join forces with such an innovative and forward-thinking group of leaders in community health. The Financing Alliance for Health will harness the expertise of partners across multiple sectors, and catalyze best practices gleaned from Living Goods’ community health work in Uganda and Kenya. Keep an eye out for more updates about the alliance’s work!

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