Why we need to support healthcare’s vital acceleration


Jesus Carrasco Abad, Global Head of Healthcare and Head of Industry Groups gives his views on the healthcare sector on pharmaforum.com - article published on January 30, 2023.

What do I mean by vital acceleration? With the population ageing, the need for healthcare is growing fast: between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years old will nearly double from 12% to 22%, according to the World Health Organization. Keeping our elderly population healthy will prove a major challenge in years to come. Not only will they need new treatments, but these must also be delivered in affordable ways. That’s what is relentlessly driving industry growth, as well as spurring innovation and efficiency.

And that is just one side of the story. Think about recent technological breakthroughs such as mRNA vaccines and the potential for mRNA-based therapeutics, or the recent ramp up in vaccine production facilities – to name just a few examples.

This growth is translating into an expansion of healthcare’s industrial manufacturing base and infrastructure, and the challenge here is to expand in ways that are carbon neutral. Indeed, it’s said that healthcare is ESG by nature, and we have a duty to support an industry that will be even more important for health and wellbeing in years to come.