Recaps of Past CCA Ebola-Related EventsClose

"Ebola: Meet the Experts - A Reverse Procurement Launch Event" December 3, 2014

The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) in cooperation with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held this event at the Rayburn House Office Building. The purpose of this event was to provide a chance for members of the international community responding to the Ebola crisis to “meet the experts” from businesses who have expertise in products and services relevant to the US Ebola response. Bringing together decision-makers and businesses that have existing relationships in West Africa, businesses were able to showcase existing service delivery networks and areas of expertise for the private and public sector to take advantage of in addressing the ongoing Ebola crisis, and as preparation for long-term recovery begins. Businesses with expertise in medical technology, response planning, telecommunications and technical assistance presented an overview of their capabilities and how they are positioned to assist in the US Ebola response in front of 50 attendees. The full agenda and company profiles can be viewed by clicking here.

The following companies presented, please click the company name to view their full presentation from the event:

- Dr. Jeff Hersh, Chief Medical Officer, GE Healthcare
- Dr. Eddy C. Agbo, Chairman & CEO, Fyodor Biotechnologies Corporation
- Rob Ryan-Silva, Chief of Party on RESPOND Project, DAI
- Dr. Simone Bianco, Research Staff Member, IBM
- Jeff Fischer, Chairman, ADAS Group (MED-1 Partners and Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics LLC)
- Bill Van Dyke, President,  Black & Veatch Special Projects
- Brian Dearing, Consultant, HDT Global
- Barbara Keating, President, Computer Frontiers, Inc.
For additional information, please do not hesitate contacting Ashleigh Cooper, Director of Health, CCA.

"Ebola in West and Central Africa: A Public-Private Partnership Response" September 12, 2014

Upon the request of the U.S. Department of State, CCA’s Health Working Group convened the roundtable “Ebola in West and Central Africa: A Public-Private Partnership Response” on Thursday, September 12, 2014. Stephen Hayes, President and CEO of CCA began welcoming over 65 representatives of private sector companies in attendance, and introduced Ambassador Bisa Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State for opening remarks. She began by stating, “This is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the disease is spreading at an alarming rate, doubling almost every 3 weeks.” While local and global health authorities have been working to control the spread of the disease, Ambassador Williams stressed that more resources are required to address the current crisis and will require “a private and public partnership strategy to tackle it.” She noted that the U.S. government is exploring the best way to engage the private sector in a broad, coordinated response and mobilize resources.’ She then introduced guest speakers from the World Health Organization (WHO), and two government agencies the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to brief participants on the current situation, their agencies responses and potential mechanisms for the private sector to collaborate... Read More

"Nigeria’s Rapid Response and Containment of Ebola" October 7, 2014

The session featured guest speaker, H.E. Dr. Olajide Idris, Commissioner for Health of Lagos State, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Dr. Idris highlighted details that resulted in the exceptional containment of Ebola in Lagos. Dr. Idris provided background on Lagos as a megacity saying that “the containment effort was not something that happened overnight.” Dr. Idris said that Lagos’ ability to contain Ebola came from tremendous support from the CDC, WHO and the entire Nigerian community. Lagos has faced cholera and H1N1 outbreaks in the past and according to Dr. Idris, these teams that managed the outbreaks were thus better equipped to deal with the Ebola virus. Upon confirming that the deadly virus had reached Nigeria, Dr. Idris said that the first course of action was to isolate “Patient X”, decontaminate and finally, train all health workers on proper procedures of dealing with Ebola...Read More

"Ebola Outbreak & Private Sector Response" | CCA Members Only October 22, 2014

During this working group session, CCA members convened to have an open discussion on the crucial role the private sector has to play and how member companies can best be utilized. Many companies in attendance shared their current efforts such as PwC's internal response team forming a logistics management hub in Accra, Project HOPE's partnership with the government of Sierra Leone to respond to the crisis, and initiatives such as KRL's "Ebola Private Sector Mobilization Group (EPSMG)" which was established in early August to facilitate a mobilized and coordinated private sector response. Members shared key challenges and barriers to engagement, and identified the role they need to play in the mid and long-term: a procurement role to best provide the varied expertise needed, personnel on the ground and strong advocacy and clear information dissemination. For more information, click here

Upcoming Events Open

December 11, 2014 | "UN-Business Collaboration for Global Ebola Response"  (New York NY) UN Foundation & UN & UNMER
Leaders from the private sector, UN, government and civil society will convene to highlight successful interventions by business in support of Ebola response, identify lessons learned, and explore how success can be replicated. Participants will also discuss the role of business in long-term regional recovery, and consider how lessons learned in the current emergency can help foster more effective collaboration across sectors to face future global public health challenges.   For more information, click here

To submit recaps of past briefings or to have information about an upcoming event posted to our Ebola portal, please email Ashleigh Cooper.