The African Union in partnership with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has launched the Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), in a continental unified response to contain Covid-19.
AMSP will be adopted as a single online marketplace for all 53 nations to enable the supply of coronavirus related critical medical equipment.
The innovation was developed under the leadership of African Union Special Envoy, Strive Masiyiwa and powered by social startup firm Janngo, on behalf of the AU and Africa CDC, and in partnership with African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
AMSP unlocks immediate access to an African and global base of vetted manufacturers and procurement strategic partners and enables African governments to purchase certified medical equipment such as diagnostic kits, PPE and clinical management devices with improved cost effectiveness and transparency.
“The Africa Medical Supply Platform is just one innovation that African countries have developed ourselves, to help mitigate the devastating impact of this pandemic that threatens both the health of our people and our national economies. We are already getting requests from other parts of the world to franchise the AMSP concept,” said Mr Strive Masiyiwa.
He adds that Africa is leading the way with innovating a continental online solution to ensure all governments get access to urgent medical supplies they need, at fair prices.
The platform serves as a unique interface enabling volume aggregation, quota management, payment facilitation as well as logistics and transportation to ensure equitable and efficient access to critical supplies for African countries.
The Afreximbank will facilitate payments while logistics partners including African national carriers, global freight forwarders will expedite delivery.
We commit to providing market intelligence on where the manufacturers are, facilitating pooled procurement when financial resources are made available through this initiative, and distributing these products to respective African destinations.”Dr John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC
“We aim to use our financial and human capital to support our portfolio, in particular logistics, healthtech and fintech startups on the frontline of the Covid-19 response,” reads a statement from the innovator.
The next 100 days will be critical to turnaround the exponential trend of cases and deaths in Africa, leading to opening up of closed economies.
“Both our sense of purpose and sense of urgency have never been stronger,” Fatoumata Bâ, Founder and Executive Chair of Janngo and Managing Partner of Janngo Capital told Afcacia.