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Joep Lange Institute for global healthcare improvement officially launched

17 March 2016

The Joep Lange Institute (JLI) was officially inaugurated in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 15 March 2016. High-level speakers and participants from civil society, industry, politics and global health research backgrounds attended. JLI is “an activist institute, inspired by the life and work of Joep Lange” and its goal is to make health markets work for the poor in countries where the (health care) system fails the people. The institute is closely linked to the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD).

“EDCTP is very pleased this important initiative was launched and we congratulate all stakeholders. We are looking forward to collaborate with the Joep Lange Institute and its partner organisations”

Michael Makanga, Executive Director EDCTP

Among the speakers at the event were Princess Mabel of Orange, Dr Mark Dybull (Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria), Paul Stoffels Chief Scientific Officer of Johnson & Johnson, and behavioural economist Prof. Dan Ariely.

The JLI aims to come up with “concrete solutions for healthcare quality, delivery and finance. We develop and test these on the ground, to see what works and what doesn’t. We will advocate scaling those that have real impact for real people”.

Over the last two decades, the organizations Joep Lange founded (AIGHD and PharmAccess), have been been pioneers in the delivery of HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa, and in working with the private sector in the public interest. “We’ve set up health insurance for the poor, introduced quality standards for basic health clinics in Africa, and made loans available to them. Over time, we even became one of the largest private equity investors in African healthcare. Our emphasis on rigorous research has led to breakthroughs in treatment and delivery. Combined, our programs reach millions of people each month.”

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