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SAP Innovation Helps The Global Fund Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa

Press Release | September 24, 2014 by SAP News

WALLDORF — The Global Fund is an international financing organization started in 2002 to fight AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. SAP SE today announced that SAP technology is helping the organization more simply understand how its financial investments are being used for disease prevention and treatment. SAP previously committed US$4 million over a period of four years to the Global Fund, through its partnership with (RED). SAP is also a founding member of the Global Fund’s Innovation Coalition, which brings together private sector organizations to tackle significant issues related to the organization’s mission of fighting preventable and treatable disease, such as logistics and education.

“SAP is all about helping organizations simplify complexity so they can do anything — and it doesn’t get more complicated than fighting persistent and deadly diseases around the world,” said Simon Paris, president of Industry Cloud, SAP. “By providing our technology innovation and leadership, we can help the Global Fund extend their reach and effectiveness. This partnership shows how technology can revolutionize the healthcare industry and save lives.”

The Global Fund acts essentially as a global public-private partnership that funds local organizations across 140 countries engaged in the fight against these three preventable and treatable diseases. In 2013, they disbursed US$3.9 billion worldwide, including private sector money generated by (RED), to create sustainable funding for the fight against AIDS in Africa. In addition to providing a charitable grant, SAP knew it could significantly increase its impact by contributing technology. In 2013, SAP embarked upon a ground-breaking collaboration with the Global Fund, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through the United States Agency for International Development and the Grant Management Solutions Project, led by Management Sciences for Health. This collaboration aimed to provide analytics technology and services from SAP to transfer a grant management dashboard — a private sector solution — to Global Fund grants management.

The grant management dashboard allows managers to see at a glance how much money has been disbursed. They can then drill down to review the performance of their sub-grantees, including seeing  how much recipients have spent versus how much was received. Using grant management dashboards provides Global Fund grant implementers at country level with greater visibility into programmatic, financial and management performance indicators.  The dashboards also allow managers to review the financial data against critical targets like maintaining an adequate stock of particular drugs and other supplies; or how effectively they are meeting targets for antiretroviral therapy (ART).

The pilot phase for testing the dashboards ended in August 2014. They are now live in six countries: Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Dominican Republic, Laos, Uganda, and South Africa. Roll out of this dashboard to additional Global Fund countries is planned for early 2015.

“We would like to thank SAP for their tremendous support and collaboration to fight AIDS, TB and malaria,” said Mark Dybul, executive director, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “We’re very excited about launching the innovation coalition and welcome the meeting this week in Berlin to engage with top German companies and government officials. SAP has demonstrated again its global leadership by creating new innovative solutions to improve the health of people around the world.”

Recognizing the immense impact that strategic innovation can make to its operations, the Global Fund is launching an innovation coalition of leading private sector companies from a variety of industries, academic institutions and foundations to provide expertise that supports the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria. SAP is a founding member of the coalition, and strongly supporting the launch of this cross- industry effort. Member organizations will each bring their unique domain expertise and work together to collectively support the Global Fund’s unique challenges.

Logistics management is the first issue the coalition will attempt to solve holistically for the Global Fund, such as complex supply and demand management and ensuring medications are distributed to patients before expiration. SAP technology, in partnership with expertise from other companies in industries like transportation or insurance, will unite to try and ensure a more effective method of supplying and distributing medicine.

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About (RED)
(RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. (RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands who contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund. (RED) Proud Partners include: Apple, Starbucks, The Coca-Cola Company, Bank of America, Beats by Dr. Dre, Belvedere, Claro, Galaxy, SAP, Telcel and Live Nation Entertainment. (RED) Special Edition partners include: aden+anais, Jonathan Adler, Theory, HEAD, Kidrobot, Mophie, FEED, Sir Richard’s Condom Company, Square, Girl Skateboards, Bottletop, Fatboy USA and Bed Bath & Beyond.

To date, (RED) has generated more than $250 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. 100 per cent of that money goes to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 40 million people with prevention, treatment, counselling, HIV testing and care services. (RED) is a division of The ONE Campaign. Learn more at www.red.org.

About SAP
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 261,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.
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