Partnership to Support Frontline Health Workers in Least Developed Countries (LDC)

The objective of this partnership is to improve health outcomes by supporting frontline health workers who operate in least developed countries (LDC) and reinvesting 20% of profits made in LDCs back into their country's healthcare infrastructure. It also aims to address the estimated shortfall of at least 3.5 million health workers needed globally in order to provide lifesaving healthcare for mothers and children.

20% Reinvestment Initiative

Since 2011, GSK has been in partnership with Save the Children, CARE International and AMREF Health Africa to deliver the 20% Reinvestment programs. The shared objective of the investments is to improve health outcomes by supporting frontline health workers who operate in these countries GSK has committed to reinvesting 20% of profits made from its Pharmaceutical and Consumer Healthcare businesses in the LDCs back into projects to improve healthcare infrastructure in those countries. Investment will be targeted through appropriate interventions led by the NGO partners at the community-level, addressing health workforce issues including training, and supervision and support.

All programs are to be agreed with country minsitries of health and in alignment with their health priorities. Each agency is responsible for establishing a regional Health Infrastructure Partnerships (HIP), including representatives from groups such as local healthcare organizations, government officials and the WHO, through which the funding will be channeled and projects selected.

Funding in 2013 was GBP 5.1m based on 2012 profits. Where funding allows, many projects cover a three-year period which will allow for the implementation of sustainable change, tracking of progress and measurement of outcomes in improving the size, coverage and effectiveness of health systems. Cumulatively, GSK has been able to provide training for up to 15,000 health workers; the number continues to rise.

Many of the approved projects have been set up in the lower quartile of the LDC index (e.g. Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Chad and Central African Republic), countries where there is very little presence or investment from multinational corporations. Some examples of these include:

    • Training community based educators and midwives to work with communities in birth control, maternal, neonatal and child care in Kabul, Afghanistan.
    • Refresher training and capacity building of nurses and midwives to improve access to quality healthcare for mothers and children in Burundi.
    • Improve health services through provision of additional training for health professionals and midwives, and advocating for the exemption from user fees system for children and mothers suffering from malnutrition in Burkina Faso.
    • Strengthen capacity of health workers to deliver maternal, newborn and child health services and family planning and improve quality of healthcare for 25,000 children under the age of five in Guinea.
    • Advocate for greater coverage of properly resourced health workers and to strengthen lifesaving healthcare through working closely with health professionals, key decision makers & opinion formers for human resources for health in Togo, Benin, Mauritania, Chad and Central African Republic.


  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

    Goods Supplier
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 10,000+

    We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world,...

  • Save the Children International

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill...

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...

  • Amref Health Africa

    Implementing NGO
    Kenya | Staff size: 101-250

    Amref Health Africa has over 54 years’ experience in health development. In 1957, three surgeons founded the Flying Doctors Service of East Africa, laying the foundation for what is now...

  • Plan International

    Implementing NGO
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Founded over 70 years ago, Plan is an international development agencies in the world. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas and raise funds in 21 countries.


    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. They place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to...

  • Benin Ministry of Health

    Benin | Staff size: Unknown

    The mission of the Ministry of Health is to design and implement the state policy in the field of health in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in Benin as well as vision and...

  • Marie Stopes International

    Implementing NGO
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Marie Stopes International is one of the largest international family planning organisations in the world. In 2008 alone, the organisation provided over six million people in 42...

  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, they have expanded in size to reach more than 100...

  • Health Store Foundation

    Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    Despite the stunning advances in medicine during the last half century, approximately 18,000 children die each day for want of medicine that costs less than a cup of coffee.

    A short list...

  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled....

  • Ministry of Health and Sanitation – Sierra Leone (MOHS-SL)

    Sierra Leone | Staff size: 251-500

    The Ministry of Health & Sanitation(MOHS-SL) believes that access to sound health is a human right, its vision is to ensure a functional national health system delivering efficient, high...

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Key Information

LocationCentral Asia, Central Africa, Togo, Sudan, Southern Sudan, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Niger, Myanmar, Mauritania, Mali, Haiti, Guinea, Ethiopia, Congo, The Democratic Republic of, Chad, Cambodia, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Benin, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, West Africa, North Africa and Middle East, Latin America and Caribbean, Eastern Africa, East Asia and Pacific
  • Start Date 2009