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Initiative

Essential Medicines (inactive)

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 IT is 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.