for African Health
In 1981, Africare partnered with the U.S.-based Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PMA, now PhRMA) and the Gambian government to analyze that country's pharmaceutical distribution system — the problem being that rural clinics frequently lacked essential drugs.
The study led to a 15-month initiative to revamp the system; PMA and 13 member companies donated funds. "The system developed in this country should ... ensure access by every member of the community to essential drugs," stated the Gambian delegate to the 1984 World Health Assembly.
In 1983, Africare helped the Sierra Leonean Ministry of Health to pilot a similar program. In 1989, Africare introduced the program in Ghana.
Working together, Africare, African governments and American companies achieved results that none could have achieved alone.