Meridian has been a leader in integrating public-private partnerships into health initiatives as essential elements of successful development projects. We have developed a range of partnership models that create a “win-win” proposition for both the public and private sectors.
These partnership models include:
- Manufacturers’ agreements between pharmaceutical companies and international donors to assure an expanded market for affordable, high-quality reproductive health products.
- Workplace programs that address the health needs of women and men workers, including expanded reproductive and general health services, women’s health education and empowerment, and better health behaviors by male employees.
- Contracts and collaboration between health NGOs and manufacturing companies to expand worker access to health products and services.
- Engagement with business associations on health promotion and CSR policy changes on worker health.
- Development of “return on investment” approach to health activities in the private sector.
The partnership expertise of Meridian’s staff began in the 1990s with pharmaceutical companies to expand access to reproductive health products in Brazil, Cameroon, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Philippines, and Turkey. Pharmaceutical partnerships later expanded to include promoting healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy and health education as part of the CATALYST Consortium, Extending Service Delivery and RESPOND projects and currently the Evidence Project. This work continues in [12 African countries] with Bayer Pharmaceuticals on the USAID-funded Contraceptive Security Initiative.
Meridian has also negotiated partnerships in a range of other sectors, including textiles (Levi Strauss & Co.), agriculture (Unilever), consumer goods (Procter and Gamble), finance (The Calvert Group), beverage and bottling (Pepsico Indico Holdings), banking (Stanbic Bank), and roofing (Baati).
We are the lead organization for mobilizing brands in the garment sector for individual and collective action as part of the Cambodia Worker Health Coalition. This is a five-year, USAID/Cambodia initiative to improve the health of female garment workers in Cambodia.