“Philips Foundation has been such an important partner from the start. The key advice was to focus on one to two countries first. Let the model really work in one country and scale from there. Now in Uganda and Kenya we have a model that is proven to be successful,” Tosca Terra Business Development Manager at Healthy Entrepreneurs, said. ‘Without that, we might have grown too big too quickly and we might not be where we are today.”
The whole Doctors at Distance pilot was supported by technical expertise provided by Philips employees. “We’re a small team, but Philips, on a voluntary basis, built a dashboard to monitor the progress and a model to get additional funding to expand this work.”
Looking to the future, Healthy Entrepreneurs sees a lot of opportunities. The organization never saw itself as an employment company but suddenly became one of the biggest employers in Uganda with 3,000 employees, many of whom are women.
“Next year we’ll start replicating the model in almost all of Uganda. Finding entrepreneurs or organizations interested in replicating our model and offering our technical expertise, supply chain referrals, and training.”
The goal is to scale up the Healthy Entrepreneurs model across Uganda and build a business that is financially sustainable, ultimately leading to more than 10,000 newly trained health caretakers, offering access to care for more than 20,000 people per day.
That is 10,000 extra health providers who provide quality care to those who normally do not have that kind of access. These trained healthcare providers will see and treat patients on a daily basis, build new healthcare communities and transform primary health ecosystems from within.
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