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Clinics4All

Summary

Clinics4All works with healthcare providers to set up new clinics in the form of shipping containers, to improve their medicine supply chains by working with suppliers of popular commodities, and to train doctors and nurses to provide proper care.

Key program components

Shipping container clinics:

Clinics4All helps partner organizations to set up new clinics by providing them with special clinics made out of shipping containers. Each clinic supplied is built to the client’s specifications from a variety of configurations. Once delivered, the clinics are able to become operational within days of initial deployment.

Currently, Clinics4All specializes in three standard and customizable clinic designs: a Single Unit 40 or 45 foot clinic design; a Multi-Unit 40 foot clinic design and a Customizable 20 foot clinic design. The single unit design consists of four main rooms which can be customized to be a combination of one or two exam rooms, similar to a doctor's office; a small pharmacy, office for records keeping, and laboratory, equipped with a refrigerator, microscopes and basic diagnostic equipment. It also has a mechanical room to store a generator and water system. The multi-unit design includes the above but is customized according to the requirements of a target area to contain a combination of a dental room, optometry room, radiology suite, maternity room, surgical suite, pharmacy, laboratory, bathrooms as well as the exam rooms.

All of the clinics include solar power systems, point of care diagnostic lab system, a medicine refrigeration system, climate control, a vital signs monitoring system, and a potable water system.

Provider training:

Through the CHW Training Program, each recipient community is required to provide Community Health Workers (CHWs) who will be linked to each donated clinic. Clinics4All collaborates with Ministries of Health in training CHWs in disease management, as well as, laboratory and pharmacy services. They provide an intensive abridged health worker training course to CHWs using a unique structured training curriculum, as well as supplemental information, reference materials and kits. This training allows for the increased “task shifting” of duties, so that client support that was previously the responsibility of overburdened doctors and nurses is now undertaken by CHWs.

Medicine Supply Chains:

The Essential Medicines and Laboratory Support Program (EMLS) works to link all of Clinic4All’s clinics in each country to the respective MOH drug supply chain system.

In addition, Clinics4All works in partnership with Consumer packaged goods (CPGs) companies (providing commercial goods like soda and beer) that have been successful at overcoming the distribution difficulties of fragmented markets and poor infra­structure. Clinics4All’s distribution model creates partnerships in each country that leverage the strengths of the private sector to improve the availability of essential medicines and other medical commodities.

In the 35 countries Clinics4All operates in, the program has a strong focus on having Public-Private Partnerships and has signed Memorandum Of Understandings with each of the 28 African Ministries Of Health.