We live in a golden age of medical science.

But over two billion people can’t access the medicines they need, causing preventable illness, disease and death.

We’re here to change that.

Bridging the gap between makers and buyers

MedAccess is a social enterprise committed to improving health in low- and middle-income countries.

We broker partnerships that remove barriers stopping lifesaving medical innovations reaching people who need them.

Our agreements with makers and buyers across the health ecosystem speed up access to healthcare. We shoulder financial risk to strengthen health markets, enabling more products to reach more people more quickly.

What we do

Joy Majuako, laboratory technician, trains her colleagues on how to use the HIV and syphilis dual test kit in Obio Cottage Hospital Rumuobiakani, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. © Arete / Bernard Kalu / MedAccess

We accelerate access to lifesaving products

Advances in medical science mean that many illnesses that would have been fatal just a few years ago can now be prevented, treated and cured.

But for millions of people around the world, these advances are either unavailable or unaffordable.

Unequal access to medical innovation leads to millions of preventable deaths every year. Too often, the people with the least resources are forced to wait years, or even decades, for the health products they need.

We believe people should have access to effective medical innovations when they need them, no matter where they live.

Access to healthcare: a daily emergency

Distribution of the Interceptor G2 mosquito net in Sikasso, Mali. © PSI Mali

Putting everyone on a more equal footing

We are helping to make vaccines, diagnostics, treatments and other health technologies more affordable and available for people in low- and middle-income countries.

So far, our agreements have enabled medical innovations to reach more than 375 million people in over 90 countries.

By securing lower prices for products, we are helping procurers to save money, which can be used to tackle other urgent health needs.

Our impact

Because fair access is at the heart of a healthier future

Since our foundation in 2017, we have secured nine agreements to increase access to health products. Our agreements are helping to tackle HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, syphilis and COVID-19.

All our agreements support strong partnerships that include businesses, global health organisations, countries, and civil society. We strongly believe that partnership is at the heart of transformational and sustainable health impact.

We are also aiming to expand our work to tackle non-communicable diseases, such as cancer and diabetes. We believe we can make a significant impact on the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries, helping millions more people to live longer, healthier lives.

Our agreements

The arrival of the first vaccines from the COVAX Facility is a major moment for equitable distribution in Bangladesh. © 2021, Bashir Ahmed Sujan / UNICEF, Bangladesh

Our funders

MedAccess was founded by British International Investment (BII), the UK’s development finance institution. BII is our anchor investor, with $200 million paid-in capital.

In 2021, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provided us with a £7.3 million grant as part of its Global Fund accelerator.

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British International Investment

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Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Five key lessons from our first five years

We’ve learned a lot in our first five years. When MedAccess was formed in 2017, we knew that financial guarantees could accelerate access to medical innovations for millions of people. But as the first social enterprise focused entirely on using innovative finance to increase access to healthcare, we’ve also learned more about how to use our tools most effectively and where we can broaden our impact.

Five key lessons from our first five years

Latest news

Find out more about our partnerships by reading our press releases, news stories and insight articles.

Latest news
A mother her children hold a free mosquito net delivered to their household during a door-to-door mosquito distribution in Gabasawa, Kano, Nigeria

Net gains against malaria: A decades-long battle with insecticide-resistant mosquitos

This is a story of innovation and new tools in the fight against malaria. From the discovery of insecticide resistance all the way through to the creation, testing, funding, roll-out and approval of a new mosquito net. Read the story

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