UBA Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility Arm of Pan-African financial institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Plc, has entered into a partnership with Gavi Alliance to promote healthcare in Africa.
The partnership which was signed on behalf of both institutions by the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, UBA, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka and the Chief Executive Officer, Gavi Alliance, Dr Seth Berkley, will aim towards supporting immunisation and health systems as well as strengthening activities in Nigeria and other countries.
Uzoka who expressed delight at the partnership, said UBA Foundation remains committed to the socio-economic betterment of the communities in which the bank operates, focusing on development in the areas of Environment, Education, Economic Empowerment and Special Projects, and supports.
He said that through the partnership, which will run till December 2020, both institutions have the overall aim to benefit mutually-agreed countries by providing financial resources, human capital, financial systems and technological solutions in accordance with the set out goals and objectives.
“The Foundation will work with Gavi in developing context relevant messaging for the various advocacy and fund-raising campaigns as well as relevant information regarding all knowledge-based aspects of the partnership including capacity enhancement. This includes leveraging partner institutions and various touch points to present the message of the importance of immunisation,” Uzoka explained.
Continuing, he said, “We will also engage the relevant stakeholders towards raising awareness and attracting customers, partners and members of the public to participate in the project by making donations, and responding to calls for immunisation.”
The agreement which runs into millions of dollars, will see UBA Foundation and Gavi leveraging on the foundation’s expertise in providing CSR support for the capacity enhancement of Ministries of Health and other related public agencies in Nigeria as well as in subsequently agreed mutual countries.
This goal would be achieved by both institutions jointly developing training manuals and programs, as well as providing pro-bono technical assistance to the relevant Ministries and Agencies.
They will also explore other opportunities and innovative solutions to help the National Primary Health Care Development Agency of Nigeria (NPHCDA) for effective execution of national and state primary health and immunisation programs.
Dr Seth Berkley, who described Gavi as an innovative institution whose goal is to improve children’s health in the world’s low-income countries by improving access to quality health care, providing life-saving vaccines and strengthening health systems to better cater to the needs of underserved populations.
He said “Gavi recognizes the role of the private sector in driving health and development outcomes and seeks to develop solutions that plug system gaps in low-income countries; hence the need for the partnership with UBA Foundation, one of Africa’s leading CSR to push this overall goal. We therefore accept these contributions and will administer and account for accordingly and in line with global best practice.”
According to him, “Gavi is an innovative public-private partnership whose goal is to improve children’s health in the world’s low-income countries by improving access to quality health care, providing life-saving vaccines and strengthening health systems to better cater to the needs of underserved populations, and the partnership will support Gavi in purchasing and delivering vaccines, strengthening health system and innovative initiatives in the countries under consideration.”