Johnson & Johnson has announced the expansion of its operations in Africa with the launch of a new office in Accra, Ghana. The company’s new presence will bring together multiple teams representing Johnson & Johnson consumer, medical device, pharmaceutical and global public health (GPH) organizations to deliver an integrated approach to improving health outcomes in the region.

The new office¬†will help coordinate the company’s global public health capabilities and resources to deliver a sustainable, measurable impact against significant public health needs in the region.

The team in Ghana will translate the company’s strategy into locally-executable programs that drive health impact in collaboration with local health delivery partners. Business development teams from Johnson & Johnson companies will also collaborate with academic centers and entrepreneurs to explore local innovative healthcare-based initiatives.

“The opening of our new office will play a major role in supporting Johnson & Johnson’s goal of helping to improve the quality of and access to healthcare in West Africa,” said Priscilla Owusu-Sekyere, Country Manager of the Johnson & Johnson office in Accra.

“We are building a talented team that will lead the expansion of our product portfolio and continue to address many of the most prominent health issues impacting patients and health care providers here. Specifically, our team will address the health issues that matter most to Ghana by prioritizing new initiatives in mental health; diabetes; maternal, newborn and child health; HIV prevention and oncology.”

Building on the company’s 86-year history in Africa, Johnson & Johnson will work in Ghana to support efforts to deliver innovative treatments, diagnostic technologies and service delivery models that meet a variety of patient needs. While helping to strengthen national health systems and build research and development capabilities among Ghanaian researchers, the Johnson & Johnson team will focus on disease prevention and the health needs of young people in order to build a sustainable path to well-being for future generations.

“We’ve learned over time that solving last-mile challenges through local empowerment and partnerships offers the greatest potential impact in the fight against public health challenges, and that it can also help fuel the local economy and catalyze infrastructure investments,” said Alma Scott, Vice President of Global Operations and Partnerships for Johnson & Johnson’s global public health organization.

“We plan to collaborate with local governments, NGOs and community-based organizations to uncover novel service delivery models and introduce new programs, treatments and technologies that help address priority health issues impacting the country.”

Johnson & Johnson leads or sponsors several programs already in Ghana that are focused on building professional capacity, strengthening health systems and providing care to neglected or vulnerable patient communities. By expanding its operations, Johnson & Johnson further supports local healthcare providers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in tackling emerging health priorities in West Africa.