World Health Partners believes that a sustainable healthcare system must have an unwavering focus on two foundational elements: preventing onset of illnesses or ensuring simple illnesses don’t get serious. Experience across the developing world shows that this approach succeeds when communities are able to access the services within walkable distance. By adopting triaging principles, this approach also serves as the gatekeeper for secondary and tertiary care and forms a continuum of service provision.
This vision, however, is not new. It was articulated in the Alma Alta Declaration of 1978 in which the focus was on both the preventive and curative aspects of primary health delivered within easy access to communities. The absence of medical resources in underserved areas, however, resulted in the elimination of curative care and a singular focus on preventive health under the GOBI-FFF (Growth monitoring-Oral rehydration-Breast feeding-Immunisation-Female literacy-Food supplementation-Family planning) strategy.
WHP believes that the time has come for restatement of the original Alma Ata Declaration. The advent of the digital era has expanded the coverage of mobile telephony and internet to the remotest corners of the world. This provides an unprecedented opportunity to overcome time and space hurdles in harnessing resources. Local non-availability of expertise is no more a constraint to provision of quality services. WHP has creatively used its expertise acquired during the days of analog programming to design digital solutions that factor in a deep understanding of the behavior and aspirations of potential users.
WHP is a non-profit organization. Its programmes also underline the urgency with which the services need to be delivered since millions will not realise the full potential of their lives if basic health services are not available to them ‘here and now’. This means the organization needs to have an orientation that will leverage already existing resources. In low resource settings, such resources are distributed across public, private and NGO sectors. WHP’s programmes engage with all of them since in these impoverished settings it is unconscionable to divide already scarce resources on ideological grounds.
Using management systems and technologies to fashion an effective service delivery channel calls for establishing a range of interconnected processes: medical professionals in urban areas digitally connected with rural patients; local entrepreneurs or quasi-medical personnel investing to join a facilitation network; metrics in real time to supervisors; management tools to doctors to ensure mass provisioning of care; and supply chain that works on flowcasting principles to ensure efficient inventory control.
Mission and Vision
World Health Partners (WHP) provides health and reproductive health services at scale to rural and underserved communities by enhancing the efficiency and efficacy of currently available resources. We harness the latest advances in communication, diagnostic and medical technology to establish sustainable service delivery networks that have an unwavering focus on holistic primary health.
WHP brings the benefits of modern health and reproductive health care to those most in need.
WHP’s model of empowering female entrepreneurs provides a 21st century solution to meeting health outcomes. By supporting women’s economic empowerment – which lies at the heart of the development challenge – and harnessing the power of new technologies and partnerships, the model promises a practical, community-centered approach with a truly sustainable impact.
Natalie Africa ,
United Nations Every Woman Every Child Initiative
My relationship with WHP has provided me with a source of income and continuous education through mobile technology to upgrade my knowledge.
Vandana Katiyar ,
World Health Partners Social Entrepreneur, India
WHP is making impressive and innovative attempts to make basic primary health services accessible to the rural communities through various technology-enabled solutions
Dr. Gordon Okomo ,
County Director of Health, Homa Bay, Kenya
World Health Partners ‘raises the bar’ on rural Indian health.
Sally Farhat Kassab ,
Women and children are the ultimate beneficiaries of WHP because they gain the most when small drugshops are transformed into quality pharmacies. Why? Because in many countries, the vast majority of women and children seek healthcare in the private, informal sector and improving the quality of that care can prevent many maternal and child deaths.
Leith Greenslade ,
Vice Chair, MDG Health Alliance (Office of UN Special Envoy)