May 26, 2015 – GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced on Friday last week a new partnership with Amref Health Africa to train 2,500 frontline health workers to manage diabetes and childhood asthma in Kenya. Non-communicable diseases are estimated to account for half of all hospital admissions in Nairobi, the country's capital, with diabetes alone contributing to more than one quarter of these admissions.
Two years ago Amref Health Africa and GSK celebrated a long time partnership spanning over 25 years of working together to create lasting health change in Africa, positively impacting the lives of over three million people. In 2011, GSK set up a new initiative to reinvest 20% of its profits in 40 of the least developed countries to strengthen health systems. Partnering with Amref Health Africa in 2012 and 2013, GSK invested over $10M to build the capacity of frontline health workers in East and Southern Africa.
The new partnership with GSK is part of the company's larger effort to train more than 9,000 frontline health workers in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria over the next three years.