World Health Partners (WHP)
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryWorld Health Partners is a not-for-profit health service delivery organization that uses social franchising to link existing village-level providers through business relationships and technology to high levels of care in order to provide comprehensive, quality health care to rural communities.
World Health Partners's (WHP) goal is to provide health and reproductive health services in low-income countries by harnessing local market forces to work for the poor. Leveraging existing social and economic infrastructure, we utilize the latest advances in communication, diagnostic and medical technology to establish large scale, cost-effective health service networks. We focus on serving rural and other vulnerable communities.
Key program components
WHP’s social franchise consists of a tiered health and family planning service delivery network that brings together individual private providers, both formally and informally qualified. Existing informal providers (SkyCare providers or better resourced SkyHealth Centers), situated deep in rural areas and in parts of towns where the poor predominate, are linked to highly qualified formal doctors, in virtual Central Medical Facilities. Sky providers are also linked to nearby urban formal providers at WHP-owned or approved Franchised Clinics and Franchised Diagnostic Clinics for referrals. Clients pay out of pocket for most services, offered at low prices. For the neediest clients, services are subsidized by WHP which are currently supported by donors or from government pro-poor programs. The private providers’ commitment to providing quality services, especially for certain mandated services (depending on program objectives), is obtained by co-opting them into profitable health franchises.
Flagship Program: Engaging Private Providers to Improve Management of Tuberculosis, Visceral Leishmaniasis, Childhood Pneumonia, and Diarrhea in Bihar
A 5-year project, funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was launched in December 2011 in Bihar - the third largest state in India, and one of the poorest. A central characteristic of this program is its focus on improving the detection and treatment of four focus diseases: tuberculosis, visceral leishmaniasis, childhood pneumonia, and diarrhea. The project’s goal is to increase coverage of appropriate interventions for the four diseases by 15 to 20 percent among the region’s population through WHP’s social franchise network that would cover at least 25 out of the 38 districts in Bihar, and serve up to 70 million people.
Growth plans: WHP plans to replicate their model in other parts of India, and in the near future, Sub-Saharan Africa or other low resource countries. Apart from using the model to deliver general health services to hard-to-reach populations, WHP would also like to use its model to increase access to other verticals such as maternal health.
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