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Initiative

Essential Medicines

The Challenge

Only one third of public health facilities in developing countries have essential medicines available, and only two-thirds of private health facilities have them. This leaves a large portion of the global population without access to essential medicines, particularly families in rural areas.*

The Opportunity

GP invests in social enterprises that offer affordable essential medicines and basic health information in under-served areas, in order to improve family health and reduce unnecessary health expenses.

Who is Served?

The target demographic is rural households living on less than $3.20 PPP/person/day.

What is Delivered?

Clients Receive: Access to essential medicines, supplies, & basic health information

May also receive: Very basic diagnosis and care

Entrepreneurs receive loans, training, access to medicines.

Why is it Impactful?

Family health improves and household costs are reduced due to:

  • Improved geographic access
  • Improved affordability
  • Timely/appropriate treatment

Entrepreneurs have a new source of income and improved livelihood.

 

 

*Source: https://www.who.int/medicines/mdg/MDG08ChapterEMedsEn.pdf

By the Numbers

Cumulative as March 31, 2018

87,491 Lives Impacted