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A new frontier in global health: how a historic public-private partnership in global health continues to break new ground
Join us on World Water Day as the END Fund is honoured to host Rwanda’s Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije, and leaders from pharmaceutical companies Johnson & Johnson and Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany and World Vision in a conversation exploring the importance of private public partnerships in addressing the world’s most widespread problems. Too often, challenges such as sickness from parasitic worms and ensuring equitable access to clean water and sanitation are too large for a single actor to handle alone. They require ingenuity and leadership from the public and private sectors alike to create lasting change. This discussion will explore and celebrate a successful example of such a collaboration. For decades, pharmaceutical companies have donated billions of dollars worth of drugs to tackle neglected diseases globally. We will share insights from Rwanda’s experience of this partnership, where continued progressive government leadership has been met with commitment and innovation from leaders in the pharmaceutical industry. As a result of this leadership, and crucial coordination with the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, Rwanda has charted a path towards ending sickness from parasitic worms for good. Participants will share lessons learned from this long standing partnership, and discuss the potential impact of recent contributions from Johnson & Johnson and Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany and how Rwanda’s success can offer a blueprint for similar efforts across the continent.

Mar 22, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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