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Forbes on Fixing Healthcare in Africa

Its great to see a generally conservative business magazine discussing positive, successful global health efforts in Africa. Forbes has 3 very recent pieces that are worth skimming. Again, this is yet another indication of increasing convergence of the social and business sectors that we had previously profiled (trends in global health coverage by the business press).

The Rwanda Cure: Success Stories
Forbes Oct 29.2007, link

Western do-gooders are pouring billions of dollars into ontrolling malaria, AIDS and other killers ravaging the world’s poorest continent. Now comes the hard part…Some of what sub-Saharan Africa needs is new technology, like a malaria vaccine. But what’s needed most, particularly in Africa, is better logistics.

“The hardest truth for people to come to terms with is that the practical solutions are already out there, but they are not being applied…Donors always want to do something new. The simple things aren’t so glamorous.” Full story 

In Pictures: Seven Ways To Fix Health Care In Africa
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HealthStore to expand to Rwanda, link
How do you get basic care to the remotest villages in Africa? One clever idea is to borrow tactics from retail chains like McDonald’s and Subway–operate an easy-to-replicate, owner-operated franchise system focusing on health care.With a budget of under $1 million a year, HealthStore Foundation subsidizes nurses in rural areas to run 65 for-profit retail clinics in Kenya that provide basic treatments for malaria, respiratory infections and worms.

Nurses pay about $300 to buy a clinic, and sell medicines for a modest profit at a retail price of $1. The 65 clinics run under the name CFW Shops and treated 400,000 patients last year. Many are run by retired nurses lured back to work by the prospect of owning their own business.
Full story here.


Written by Aman

October 16, 2007 at 8:49 am

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  1. Innovative ways are needed to improve the health care needed in those poor countries. Sending nurses to remote villages is one good way. I haven’t heard enough about letting nurses buy and run clinics like Subway though. Can you tell us more?


    May 18, 2008 at 9:44 am

  2. and today i just read about the fake presciption drugs in africa and india, I think donors who pour money into poor parts of the world have to think and put more efforts in tracking the money- what drugs they’re buying, and put in innovative ways to ensure those drugs reach the people.


    May 15, 2008 at 9:15 am

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