Coca-cola, others seek increased healthcare funding in Africa

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The Coca-Cola Company and fourteen other global corporations have urged US Congressional leaders to include increased investments to support sub-Saharan healthcare systems and workers.

The companies, acting on the platform of the Friends of the Global Fund, recently sent a joint letter to the US Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell; House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi; and the Senate and the House Minority Leaders, calling for the supplemental funding.

The group requested the Congress continue to provide healthcare funding support to sub-Saharan African countries so that the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences would not result in an increase in deaths from killer diseases on the continent.

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They noted, “In sub-Saharan Africa, COVID-19 threatens fragile health systems and the virus has the potential to infect nearly a quarter of a billion people over the next year.

“COVID-19 also risks undermining decades of progress against epidemics that kill millions of people every year: AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.”

Commenting on the appeal to the US Congress, President for Coca-Cola Africa and Middle East, Bruno Pietracci, said it was crucial the global community stood up to the responsibility to enable quick recovery and resilience-building for developing regions such as Africa.

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“That is the only way we can all emerge stronger together from the unprecedented impact of this pandemic,” Pietracci said.

The letter was signed by the Chief Executive Officer, Coca-Cola, James Quincey, along with the CEOs of Abbott, Cepheid, Johnson & Johnson, Mylan, Sanofi, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Vestergaard, Zenysis, Aegon-Transamerica, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Novartis, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, UPS and ViiV Healthcare.

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