WORLD HEALTH PARTNERS believes that a sustainable healthcare system must have an unwavering focus on two foundational elements: preventing onset of illnesses and ensuring simple illnesses don’t get serious. Experience across the developing world shows that this approach succeeds when communities are able to access primary health 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.
Singular attention is paid to rural areas where the majority of the population lives. Our programmes create an entire ecosystem of healthcare and the solution for each constituent is built around the human aspects of the user by factoring the medical, social, educational, religious and financial aspects of their own environment. The ensuing structure becomes robust enough to handle a range of products and services which is needed to create volumes that are essential for reducing cost of delivery.
Founded in 2008 by Gopi Gopalakrishnan, World Health Partners has so far (as on ) offered teleconsultations. The trained and networked providers deliver most services on their own while the technology solutions play a supplementary role for referral to tele-connecting doctors in cities. Together, this approach has created easy access to good quality health and reproductive healthcare covering a range of services including family planning, maternal health, treatment for tuberculosis and childhood illnesses.
WHP's model has been recognized with awards from the Skoll Foundation, the (World Economic Forum's) Schwab Foundation, Ashoka Foundation, and Asian Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Its work has been supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Skoll Foundation, Merck for Mothers, WISH Foundation, USAID, Government of India, Government of Bihar, Government of West Bengal, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Global Fund and Johnson and Johnson. The strategy to sustain its programmes in the long-term hinges on WHP's ability to meet recurring costs either by becoming commercially viable or by locking into the national health budget. Support from bilateral, multilateral and private donors will largely be used for capital costs to establish the networks.
MISSION AND VISIONMISSION
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.VISION
WHP brings the benefits of modern health and reproductive health care to those most in need.