Micro-Clinic Island Network
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryThe project seeks to develop a micro-clinic pilot on Mfangano Island for people living with HIV/AIDS. The clinic represents an organic therapy management collective comprised of neighbors, relatives, and friends who come together to encourage treatment adherence for people with HIV/AIDS.
The micro-clinic model represents a growing social network that promotes an empowering and integrated strategy for disease management and prevention. More importantly, GMCP's micro-clinic networks provide an alternative social foundation through which multilateral governmental and civil society partners can collaborate to implement sustainable health, business, education, and environmental protection infrastructures within a unified framework
Key program components
Each micro-clinic, consisting of 5-25 people, is activated through comprehensive educational workshops regarding specific disease management, business skills and income generation training, as well as micro-financing to implement broader community-based missions. In order to lay the foundations for the micro-health networks, GMCP has been conducting research and needs assessments for over 2 years on Lake Victoria. The public health researchers, anthropologists and consultants have designed a replicable curriculum to empower rural MC networks with practical tools to address the social and biological determinants of HIV/AIDS. In order to recruit and train people for 50 clinics, rather than reorganizing HIV+ patients into Western style “support groups”, GMCP teams have carefully identified established farming cooperatives, women’s self-help groups, youth groups, church groups, sports teams, local businesses, and many others in each village. With local HIV prevalence estimated at over 30%, each group ranging from 5-25 people includes both HIV+ and HIV- members. GMCP will activate its MC program through: - Recruitment of an initial cohort of 50 micro-clinics (~500 people). - Conduct 6-week training workshops at the Ekialo Kiona Center for each MC. - Comprehensive Community Mobilization Program for 19,000 Mfangano Residents. - Community Radio Programming for ~100,000 rural residents across Suba District. Following initial 6-week training, all micro-clinics will sign a formal incorporation agreement with OHR-GMCP establishing specific mission statement, officers, and a bank account. Each micro-clinic will receive additional business training, external business partnerships, and microfinancing to accomplish vital community initiatives. These projects give purpose and solidarity to each micro-clinic and reduce stigma by promoting HIV+ individuals as essential innovators and implementers. This MC framework thus incentivizes participation in HIV management, builds capacity for local entrepreneurship and business ownership, and provides sustainable services in an extremely impoverished economy.
- Organic Health Response (OHR)Not-for-profit
- The Global Micro-Clinic Project (GMCP)Not-for-profit