How Your Super Is Helping The Fight Against COVID-19 In Low Income Countries

Your super is helping people to access life-saving healthcare in low income countries, which is more critical than ever during the international COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 Coronavirus pandemic has rocked our world, highlighting the devastating impact that insufficient access to healthcare has on communities. While developed countries, such as Australia, provide access to basic healthcare for people, for many people around the world access to basic healthcare is a significant challenge.

In Australia we have 36 doctors per 10,000 people, whereas in Pakistan there are only 10 doctors per 10,000 people, in India 8 doctors per 10,000 people, and in Kenya they have just 2 doctors per 10,000 people.*

One of Christian Super’s impact investments is in The Evercare Health Fund, managed by TPG. Evercare is a US $1 billion emerging markets healthcare fund which provides high quality and affordable healthcare to people who may otherwise not get the medical support that they need.

Evercare provides training for doctors and invests in infrastructure to provide hospitals, medical imaging and radiology services across Africa and South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Kenya and Nigeria. This investment has an immediate impact on people’s lives, and it helps to improve the healthcare and wellbeing of generations of people who previously could not access high quality healthcare.

With a mission to provide accessible, high quality, private healthcare for low and middle-income patients in emerging markets, Evercare provides for 29 hospitals, 16 clinics and more than 50 diagnostics centres. Globally they employ over 9,300 employees, including more than 1,000 doctors, 3,000 nurses and 5,300 paramedical and support personnel.

Evercare’s Response to COVID-19

Like other hospitals globally, Evercare is now at the front lines responding to COVID-19. They have already taken some extraordinary measures in recent weeks to address the community’s needs as a result of the pandemic.

In Nigeria, Evercare partnered with Guaranty Trust Bank, one of the largest banks in the country, to set up a significant COVID-19 treatment facility in a matter of days. Leveraging equipment and supplies they had procured for the launch of their newest hospital in Lagos later in 2020, Evercare supplied 10 fully ventilated ICU beds and other equipment to help outfit one of the country’s only emergency COVID-19 treatment facilities in a local Lagos sports stadium.

In Pakistan, Evercare’s Islamabad Diagnostic Company (IDC) is in the process of building and outfitting a dedicated COVID-19 testing lab.

With over 2 million patients treated so far, and now this rapid response to global crisis, your super is making a world of difference through Christian Super’s impact investment in Evercare.

*Source: https://www.who.int/gho/health_workforce/physicians_density/en/