Health Plus Outlets
Health Plus Outlets
Not-for-profitYear launched: 2004
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Other/not applicable
- Pharmacy services
SummaryHealth Plus Outlets (HPO) uses a social franchising model in diffusing pharmacy retail outlets in rural communities.
The province of Antique has 18 municipalities, 14 of which are found along the coast, three are inland and one island municipality. The major source of livelihood in this province is fishing. A significant portion of the province is considered poor. With this situation, access to healthcare, as well as to affordable and quality medicines has been difficult to many communities.
Key program components
The Health Plus Outlet (HPO) is a retail outlet of HEALTH Plus products, which include affordable but quality essential medicines, first aids supplies and family planning commodities. These outlets are licensed by BFAD as Botikang Barangay. Health Plus Outlets are owned by civil service organizations, such as NGOs, peoples’ organizations, and cooperatives that are registered with government agencies, the SEC, DOLE, or the Cooperative Development Authority. Each HPO is run by a Health Plus Coordinator, who serves as an operator. Most coordinators are barangay health workers or barangay nutrition scholars, ensuring that operations are facilitated by coordinators who are familiar with the products that are available in the outlets. Aside from this, coordinators undergo training, given by BFAD and AFON.
To own an outlet, the organization is required to provide Php50,000 ($1,200 USD) to avail the entire franchise package. When HPO started, the Department of Health provided Php25,000 ($600 USD) to outlets. This amount is used as a revolving fund for the purchase of drugs. It is also recommended that an HPO should be established near a facility to promote coordination with healthcare providers.
When it started in 2004, the first batch of outlets has been physically located near rural health units and barangay health stations. The applying organization should also get the necessary license and permit. When ownership of HPO is granted to the organization, AFON supplies drugs, which it gets from NPF. Sales of an outlet are divided such that 70% goes to the operator and 30% to the owning organization. As for AFON, administrative costs as PPF are paid from 34% of its gross sales.
Currently, HPO are now using the Management Inventory System (MIS) in our inventory management and stock issuance introduced by our national franchisor- the National Pharmaceutical Foundation and soon to be on-line (real time) with our Peach Tree accounting system, this made our operation more efficient.
We plan to meet the following goals:
Continuing coordination with DOH representatives, LGUs, owning organizations (mostly cooperatives)
Continuing technical and systems support and improvement from our national franchisor-National Pharmaceutical Foundation.
This Database at a Glance features analysis from Morgan K. Benson and Cynthia Charchi
- Antique Federation of NGOs (AFON)Not-for-profit
- DSWD-Sustainable Livelihood ProgramGovernment