Country of Operation
SummaryJacaranda Health is a social venture that combines business and clinical innovations to create a fully self-sustaining and scalable chain of clinics that provide maternal and child health services to poor urban women.
Researchers and clinicians have proven that low-cost interventions to reduce mortality are feasible and effective (evidence-based clinical protocols, low-cost obstetric equipment, and cheap drugs like misoprosotol). Jacaranda's goal is to package these innovations into the region's first sustainable and scalable service delivery organization. This will change the way maternity care is provided for the over one million poor women giving birth each year in urban East Africa.
Key program components
The Jacaranda model is a combination of two tightly-integrated services:
Mobile vans that create a direct link with patients, generate demand and healthy outcomes through antenatal care and birth preparedness. The mobile outreach vans are equal parts social marketing and clinical innovation – they provide antenatal care and serve as emergency vehicles, but also help build the Jacaranda brand and overcome the barriers that prevent many women from reaching facilities.
Jacaranda Clinics are placed near the slums where women have easy access to respectful obstetric care, safe delivery, family planning, and postnatal care. The Jacaranda Clinics themselves provide modern medical care to address many of the most common causes of maternal mortality – but at the same time, include process innovations to keep prices low enough that most of the target market can afford them.
Jacaranda is currently piloting its model in Nairobi with a single clinic and mobile unit. Upon proof of concept, it is aiming to scale-up to 30 clinics in cities across East Africa over the next five years.
In 2012, Jacaranda was shortlisted as one of the Round 2 finalists in the Saving Lives at Birth: Grand Challenges in Development competition. They were recognized for their model which aims to create demand for antenatal care services by use of ultrasound that can be administered effectively and safely by nurses in low-resource settings.
Scale: Over 150,000 mothers seen per year, 22,000 safe deliveries