Our Mission

Transforming how the private sector can accelerate global progress on NCDs

Our Approach

Access Accelerated unites more than 20 individual member companies and five implementing partners – City Cancer Challenge, NCD Alliance, PATH, the World Bank Group and the World Heart Federation – to create a global network dedicated to accelerated progress on NCDs.

Together, we are driving sustainable solutions at scale that address locally defined priorities and deliver on our vision of a future where all people have access to quality NCD prevention, treatment and care.

A Growing Global Challenge

NCDs threaten countries’ health achievements and economic futures. In low- and middle-income countries where the vast majority of “premature” NCD deaths occur, people are dying and disabled during their most economically productive years. Put simply: NCDs are major drivers of poverty and inequality.

With NCD burdens rising, a radically different, sustainable response to health is required.

The Access Accelerated Strategy

Our strategy starts with a powerful but important understanding: people at risk of and living with NCDs face multiple complex barriers to the care they need. Meeting their needs requires a comprehensive, integrated and people-centered approach to increase access to a full continuum of health care. Multidimensional health system barriers require us to think holistically and act in coordination with others.

Access Accelerated brings to the NCD challenge a high-level and holistic viewpoint so we can identify opportunities and unmet needs, explore areas ripe for innovation and reduce program fragmentation. We are currently focusing on digital health solutions, supply chain strengthening and community-based approaches to primary healthcare.

We know we can’t solve every barrier, but we can partner, test and learn so that solutions that do work, are scaled.

Explore The Open Platform

The Access Accelerated Open Platform is a knowledge resource designed to catalyze global action on non-communicable diseases. By centralizing programmatic information, gaps and opportunities can be more easily identified and addressed. This first-of-its-kind resource shows the scale of biopharmaceutical industry action and expertise on NCDs and is intended to enhance opportunities for future collaboration. By sharing knowledge, we can better serve the needs of people living with NCDs.


 James Headen Pfitzer

James Headen Pfitzer


James Headen Pfitzer joined IFPMA as the Director of the global ‘Access Accelerated – Moving NCD Care Forward’ initiative in September 2017.

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James Headen Pfitzer joined IFPMA as the Director of the global ‘Access Accelerated – Moving NCD Care Forward’ initiative in September 2017. Prior to joining IFPMA, James spent ten years at the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, where he handled strategy, engagement and policy for the Assistant Director Generals of Health Systems and Innovation and Global Health Security. Issues covered by James included AMR, pandemic preparedness, IHR, R&D, innovation, UHC, health systems strengthening, intergovernmental negotiations and consensus building. James also worked to implement capacity building activities at country and community levels and was appointed by the WHO Director General as the health advisor in the UN Secretary General’s Office in New York for the Post-2015 Development Agenda and adoption of the SDGs.

Prior to joining WHO, James was a Legal Officer at the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland. James has written publications including analyses of the WTO dispute settlement system and potential reform with focus on burden of proof and standard of proof issues as well as those related to transparency and public participation. James is an American trained lawyer with an LLM in trade and development and holds a PhD in international law with a focus on due process protections in dispute settlement from the University of Bern, Switzerland.

 Mara Nakagawa-Harwood

Mara Nakagawa-Harwood

Head of Implementation and Partnerships

Mara Nakagawa-Harwood Joined IFPMA in February 2017 as Manager for the global ‘Access Accelerated – Moving NCD Care Forward’ initiative.

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Mara Nakagawa-Harwood joined IFPMA in February 2017 as Manager for the global ‘Access Accelerated – Moving NCD Care Forward’ initiative. She has a wealth of international working experience with multistakeholders partnerships across sectors, HIV policy and advocacy and civil society engagement.

Prior to joining IFPMA Mara served as Grant Coordinator for a multi-agency initiative with WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UN WOMEN and the World Bank, at UNAIDS and as Liaison for the Fast Track Cities Initiative for the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC). Mara served in multiple capacities at the International AIDS Society (IAS), worked as an editor in the UK, as a journalist in Japan and as a trader for export-import companies in Brazil.

Mara studied Letters (B.Litt.) at Faculty Ibero-Americana in Brazil and Master of Public Health with specialization in International Public Health (MPH) at University of Liverpool.

Minji Kwak

Minji Kwak

Project Manager

Minji Kwak joined IFPMA in April 2015. As the Policy Coordinator of the global ‘Access Accelerated – Moving NCD Care Forward’ initiative

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Minji Kwak joined IFPMA in April 2015. As the Policy Coordinator of the global ‘Access Accelerated – Moving NCD Care Forward’ initiative, Minji is responsible for coordinating AA partners collaboration and planning activities within the initiative and between the project governing bodies and the other stakeholders under the direct supervision of the AA Initiative Director.

 She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Languages and Cultures at Chiba University, Japan.

 Minji previously worked at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as an Account Assistant and has built her professional experience working for NGOs, international organizations and private companies in Japan and Switzerland.

Gwendoline Navarro

Gwendoline Navarro

Administrative Officer

Gwendoline Navarro joined IFPMA in August 2018 as Administrative Officer for the global ‘Access Accelerated – Moving NCD Care Forward’ initiative. She assists in administrative functions and support for the all team.

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She holds a Swiss diploma in administration (CFC) and a Swiss maturity in languages.

Gwendoline previously worked in a Fiduciary in Geneva as an Administrative Assistant and has built her professional experience working for international organizations in Switzerland.


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