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A partnership for health [So. Africa]
Author: Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Group and Mark Dybul, ambassador for US Global Aids Coordinator, Financial Times, Published on: 1 December 2006
The Bhubezi Community Health Centre is...bringing effective diagnosis and treatment to a poor community in rural South Africa…The centre will charge for basic health care services and provide free diagnosis and treatment for HIV/Aids, TB and malaria. This centre...is sustained through international contributions and affordable payments...from...patients…Virgin Unite (the charitable arm of the Virgin Group) and Anglo Coal (a division of Anglo American plc) provide the capital to get it started and the business expertise to ensure sustainability. Pepfar [US President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief] provides funds and expertise...and the South African Government [provides] the critical on the ground relationships... This is but one example of thousands of unlikely but formidable partnerships that can be formed across the business and public sectors – taking a whole new entrepreneurial spin on fighting HIV/Aids...