Quality health care is not something that should be a privilege. It should be a right. Make the quality health care services accessible and affordable to low income people living in urban and remote areas. 


#AccessToHealthcare

PROBLEM

At least half the world’s population is unable to access essential health services and many others are forced into extreme poverty by having to pay for healthcare they cannot afford, according to the World Health Organization (December 2017). 

Some 800 million people worldwide spend at least 10 percent of their household income on healthcare for themselves or a sick child, and as many as 100 million of those are left with less than $1.90 a day to live on as a result.

Healthcare, a basic human right, has become a luxury only the wealthy can afford.  Behind each of these appalling statistics are people facing unimaginable suffering – parents reduced to watching their children die; children pulled out of school so they can help pay off their families’ health care debts; and women working themselves into the ground caring for sick family members.” (Anna Marriott, health policy advisor for Oxfam)

 

BUSINESS MODELS

Frugal innovation

Social enterprises manufacturing medical equipment or providing healthcare at low cost in order to make it marketable in developing economies. 

Success stories

Cross-Subsidization

Offer the same product to all customers, with payment based on income.

Success stories

Micro-Health Insurance

Participants contribute a small amount per month or pay per installments for healthcare.

Success stories

  • Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital (3 million people signed up to their scheme, subsidized by the government)
  • Access Afya (partnership with microfinance to offer loans ; 534 loans issued since 2016)
  • Apon (partnership with FMCG to sell products to factories workers at a lesser price,  giving them points for each purchase to gain access to free health coverage)

 

Micro-franchises

Small franchise businesses that entrepreneurs can start up without a significant upfront investment. These enterprises are often combined with microfinance to help the entrepreneur pay off the franchise costs.

 

Success stories

  • VisionSpring (eyeglasses providers)
  • DIGO (domestic cleaning products, 340 micro-entrepreneurs)

Telemedecine in remote areas

Use of cloud-based equipments, apps and other web technologies to offer diagnostic and consultations to people in remote areas.

Success stories

  • Medic Mobile (20,000 health workers equipped with tools for health workers in the hardest to reach areas)
  • Forus Health (blindness prevention, nearly 1,400 installations in 26 countries)
  • MeraDoctor (200,000+ doctor consultations since 2015)
  • NextGen (Therapeutic and educational software applications)

 

OTHER SOCIAL ENTERPRISES WITH SIMILAR VISION & MODEL

Fair Warung Balé

Fair Warung Balé is a restaurant in the heart of Ubud, Bali. It gives back  100% of its profits to the Fair Future Foundation and its Free Health and Medical Care programs. 1 meal = 2 free medical treatments. Their profit also funded their pediatric hospital building. 

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