Partnering for Health

Brief overview of this resource

Partnering for Health

A model for leveraging global businesses to support and strengthen public health systems across Africa.

What does it take to build and scale a partnership that translates private sector strengths into the public health system for global good?

This is the question that the Project Last Mile Compendium, Partnering for Health, seeks to answer.

What will you find in the compendium?

The case studies featured in Partnering for Health come from diverse countries (Tanzania, Eswatini, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa) where Project Last Mile works.

The success of Project Last Mile in each country’s context is supported by a global partnership model, which is explained in detail in the Compendium and applied across each case study. This model is characterized by:

  • A coalition of champions
  • A flexible global management office
  • A strategic mix of core and project-specific funding and
  • Pursuit of mutual benefit to partners

Furthermore, through a systematic review of Project Last Mile experiences across diverse countries, five keys to success were identified. These serve as guideposts for governments, business leaders, and development partners committed to multi-sectoral partnerships and are also explored within the Partnering for Health case studies. They are:

  1. Connect global capacities to meet local priorities
  2. Establish good governance for shared ownership
  3. Adapt private sector capacity for public good
  4. Ensure transparent and strategic use of data for decision-making
  5. Commit to a proactive, client-centered culture

Designed to be shared

Project Last Mile believes that these keys to success can be replicated and adapted by development partners, government agencies and business leaders to drive continued innovation in private sector engagement for global health.

We have designed the Compendium to share not only our work, but our lessons learned with you. We hope you find it useful and that you will join us in partnering for health.

About Project Last Mile

Project Last Mile is a multi-sector partnership pioneering a scalable model for health systems strengthening through transferring the business and technical expertise of the Coca-Cola system to ministries of health in 12 African countries.

The partnership brings together The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

As a multi-sector partnership, Project Last Mile shares and applies the supply chain expertise and marketing knowledge of the Coca-Cola system with ministries of health to improve the availability of life-saving medicines and strengthen systems and the demand for health services.