Over 2 billion people worldwide live in remote or isolated areas, without access to basic health care. They don’t have quality medicines, health products, and education. Due to a lack of knowledge, these people are not able to make well-informed decisions about their own health and the health of their children. They frequently depend on the local black market to buy expensive medicines, that are often counterfeit, explains the website of Healthy Entrepreneurs.
Healthy Entrepreneurs (HE) is an organisation, based in Amsterdam, that improves this situation by training local people so that they can go to remote places, where nobody else would go, to sell medicines and give basic information regarding health, as told by the website of Healthy Entrepreneurs.
The entrepreneurs create their own mini pharmacy, with basic products that they sell, they give information regarding health services, educate clients.
The model of Healthy Entrepreneurs works this way:
Men and women are trained as Healthy Entrepreneur or independent health workers. Healthy Entrepreneurs teach them about health, the product basket and how to best educate and advise their customers.
Each entrepreneur receives a starter kit with health products and a tablet to provide health education and consultations to their local community.
Entrepreneurs invest $50 in advance and pay back the products purchased on credit within a year. This way affordable, reliable health products and education become available, promoting strong, healthy, sustainable communities, as told on Healthy Entrepreneurs website.
In only 5 years, the entrepreneurs of HE have created access to basic health care to more than 4 million women, men and children. By 2022 the organisation aims to have 30 thousand entrepreneurs in action. At present there are 2000 entrepreneurs and the project is active in 5 countries: Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana e Haiti.
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