Pharmaceutical firm backs social investments in healthcare

Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, and Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, have held a co-creation workshop for the ‘Making More Health’ (MMH) Accelerator in Nairobi, Kenya.

The MMH Accelerator program supports social entrepreneurs in the healthcare space to strengthen and scale their work. The program brings together some of the best experiences in social innovation and global health to improve access to healthcare systemsacross Sub-Saharan Africa.

Along with capacity building as well as technical and financial support to develop, pilot and test their co-creation ideas with Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka, the social entrepreneurs participating in the program will receive trainings on business model innovation, market strategy and scaling models. Through the accelerator process, social entrepreneurs participating in the Accelerator will have access to a network of professional support, including Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka experts.

The MMH Accelerator combines Ashoka’s expertise in social entrepreneurship with Boehringer Ingelheim’s business acumen and knowledge of the healthcare industry. The participating projects address several themes such as providing medical care in remote areas in a more effective and sustainable manner, digital platforms that support integrated care for patients with chronic diseases, and increasing transparency within the pharmaceutical supply chain.

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“Over the years, our social initiatives in Kenya have been connecting people with timely and effective healthcare solutions,” said Mr Simon Manyara, Access to Healthcare Manager at Boehringer Ingelheim. “These co-creation thinking workshops, as part the accelerator, are helping address the most critical topics. We want to foster local social innovation and increase access to healthcare among underserved communities and strengthen the potential of these projects through the immense knowledge pool within our talent and global operations network.”

Launched in 2010 to mark the 125th years of Boehringer Ingelheim, MMH is a global social entrepreneurial initiative that seeks to support the health of people, their families and the social environment by identifying and supporting promising solutions to improve health systems globally.

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