PA Consulting Group supports Mobilizing Healthcare Resources for Africa


PA Consulting Group will speak, chair and exhibit at Africa Recruit's Mobilizing Healthcare Resources for Africa Forum in London on 21 and 22 March 2006, in support of its project for Affordable Medicines for Africa (AMFA) which aims to achieve greater healthcare self-sufficiency for Africa.

The event is organised by Africa Recruit, on behalf of the New Partnership for Africa's Development, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Secretariat, Royal African Society and Save the Children. Other Forum partners include the British Medical Association, Royal College of Physicians, and the Foreign Commonwealth Office.

Leading PA's involvement is Jerry Bratkovich, a member of PA's Management Group in Life Sciences & Healthcare. As a recognized expert in management issues, with a specialism in aligning resources to meet market needs, Jerry will:

  • chair a session on Adding Capacity

  • speak, with Richard Wagner, Executive Chairman of AMFA, on the Role of Business in Africa's Healthcare--Public/Private Partnership.

    PA's involvement in this event reflects the global reach of its consulting services and the Firm's commitment to 'Giving Back', a formal program of sharing people and resources with worthy causes at the community, national and international levels.

    The PA/AMFA initiative

    For the past 15 months, PA has collaborated with AMFA, a South African Section 21, not-for-gain organization based in Johannesburg, to seek funding from public and private sources for a Pilot Project to enhance existing pharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities and build greater capacity within Sub-Saharan Africa.

    The goal of this project is to produce and distribute low cost, high quality, essential medicines on a timely basis in Africa for Africa. Beyond enabling Africa to better meet its own healthcare needs, the initiative will result in economic development including job creation, training and leadership development. Because of its focus on building capacity within Africa to meet Africa's own needs, the Pilot Project has been labelled 'An African Solution to an African Problem'.

    The project has drawn upon an integrated set of skills, expertise and resources from several of PA's practices, including: Life Sciences & Healthcare, Product & Process Engineering, Infrastructure & Development Services, Strategy & Marketing, Manufacturing, and People & Organizational Change.

    Jerry Bratkovich is a member of PA's Management group in the Life Sciences & Healthcare practice. His primary role is expanding PA's Healthcare practice in the US and linking it with PA's Global involvement in the Health Sector. Jerry is a recognized expert in Management issues with a particular expertise in helping organizations align resources in response to market needs.

    Jerry, a graduate of Wheaton College, has served on the Boards of public, private, non-profit and educational organizations. He has been actively involved with Affordable Medicines For Africa for several years and leads PA's support of the AMFA initiatives.

    Richard Wagner is founder chairman and chief executive of US based AMFA Foundation Inc. and Affordable Medicines For Africa (AMFA), a South African Section 21 not-for-gain organisation.

    Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, his work with AMFA has taken him throughout the African continent where he works with Christian mission hospitals, African pharmaceutical manufacturers, supply-chain companies and quality assurance testing laboratories.

    Prior to AMFA, Mr. Wagner spent nearly 30 years with for-profit businesses in Chicago, Illinois, holding various positions including executive vice president with international catalogue/retailer, Spiegel, Inc., and

    president and chief executive officer with two divisions of the worldwide advertising company, Young & Rubicam Inc.

    PA in Healthcare

    PA's healthcare capability spans technology development and delivery, and consulting services for life science companies, through to supporting the health sector on healthcare delivery and reform.

    PA supports clients' drug discovery, development, manufacturing and commercialisation activities from strategy to successful implementation. Our core consulting services focus around: strategies for commercial excellence; improving R&D effectiveness; and enhancing supply chain performance.

    Our organization is unique in that we invest heavily in our two technology centres in the US and UK. With over 200 scientists and engineers from the life sciences industry, we design, develop and deliver pharmaceutical products, drug-delivery devices, and novel scientific instruments.

    PA's expertise addresses the most critical business issues that affect payers, providers and managed care companies. We advise on and support the implementation of new health policy, improving performance against targets, providing IT solutions to enable delivery of change, managing delivery of change, supporting organizational development, and modelling and analysing data to provide healthcare management information.

    Our willingness to invest in IP has led to unique propositions in improved patient safety through product authentication at the point of dispensingT, addressing the growing concern over counterfeiting. We have also developed patented technologies to radically improve discovery planning and execution.

    Mobilizing Healthcare Resources for Africa - Day 1: 21 March 2006, Royal College of Physicians, 11 Ste Andrew's Place, Regent Park, London NW1 4LE. Day 2: 22 March 2006, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1 5HX.

  • PA Consulting Group is a leading management, systems and technology consulting firm. Operating worldwide in more than 35 countries, PA draws on the knowledge and experience of 3,000 people, whose skills extend from the initial generation of ideas, insights, solutions and new technology, all the way through to detailed implementation.

    From the development of innovative strategies and solutions right through to their successful delivery, all of our work and support is based on deep sector insight and expertise. We work across the private and public sectors, with particular strengths in financial services, energy, life sciences and healthcare, government and public services, manufacturing, defence, and telecommunications. We help our clients to design optimum strategies for growth, deliver effective IT that improves business performance, mobilise human resources, deliver complex programmes and major business transformations, and develop breakthrough products and processes through our unique applied technology capability.

    As an employee-owned company, with no audit arm nor exclusive alliances with third-party vendors or service providers, we are answerable only to ourselves and our clients. This independence means the advice we give to clients, and the work we deliver, are based only on what is best for our clients' business. We will, however, work in non-exclusive alliances on specific programmes when it is in the best interests of our clients.

    PA's independent, benefits-driven approach is founded on our strength in innovation, our responsiveness to our clients' needs, and our unyielding focus on delivery:

    Innovation. Innovation comes in a variety of forms - in how customers' needs are identified and satisfied, in business models, in motivating and aligning staff, in the use of technology, and many more. PA has an unsurpassed track record in innovation, from developing pharmaceutical anti-counterfeiting measures and wireless technologies, to helping launch an innovative online bank, to development work that is helping alleviate poverty and boost the economies of developing countries.

    Responsiveness. We recognise that each client and each problem have their own challenges and issues. Our solutions are therefore tailored to our clients' specific circumstances, drawing on the deep industry insight of our consultants. Our relationships with clients are characterised by respect, flexibility and collaboration, and we pride ourselves on the speed of our response and the dedication of our people.

    Delivery. At PA, delivering client value is ingrained in our culture. We focus on detailed implementation, with a renowned track record of delivering innovative solutions that achieve lasting change. At PA, we see projects right through to the finishing line - and beyond - delivering significant and measurable value to our clients.

    PA: Innovation. Responsiveness. Delivery.

  • AMFA

    Affordable Medicines For Africa, a faith-based organization (FOB), is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Its primary goal is to ensure a reliable supply of high quality and affordable essential medicines through a timely and efficient distribution system.

    AMFA sources as much of its products as possible from African manufactures that conform to BP/US Pharmacopoeial standards. AMFA works with the Centre for Quality Assurance of Medicines (CENQAM), a World Health Organizations designated quality assurance testing laboratory.

    CENQAM tests pharmaceutical products supplied by AMFA to ensure product quality. Given that many of the factors affecting the quality of medicines in Africa can be directly or indirectly attributed to the long supply chains for drugs coming from international sources, AMFA is dedicated to enhancing the capacity for producing quality medicines where the need is greatest -- in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Affordable Medicines for Africa, PO Box 87419, Houghton 2041, Johannesburg, South Africa. Tel: 27-11-351-2003 fax: 27-11-351-8022 email:


    For more information please contact:

    Jerry Bratkovich +1 6098060855

    Beverley Adams +44 (0)1763 285260 email:

    PA Consulting Group, Cambridge Technology Centre, Melbourn, Herts. Tel +44 (0)1763 267492 email:
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