Health

INNOVATIVE AND INCLUSIVE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE MODELS

Reaching the Poor in Underserved Areas through Community Health Workers 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Community health workers provide health services in communities with poor access to basic health services, delivering affordable health-related goods and services in the homes of people in underserved communities. 
  • These programs have been shown to lead to improved health outcomes, reducing morbidity and mortality and increasing the overall usage of health services. 
  • Most models rely on donor funding. 

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Low-Cost and Accessible Female Hygiene Products 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Production and distribution of high-quality sanitary products at affordable prices. 
  • Maximizing reach through production in and distribution to rural and remote areas. 
  • Combination of filling a need (sanitary pads) with income generation for poor women. 
  • Using locally available raw materials, including agri-business waste and addressing environmental concerns through compostable pads. 
  • Working with schools to create synergies in menstrual hygiene management education and sale of products. 

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Fortified Food for Infants in Low-Income Communities 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • To combat high under-nutrition rates, enterprises have developed a fortified infant food business model to provide specially formulated food for infants. 
  • The food can be porridge, flour, or yogurt mass-produced in a local factory and sold through different channels of distribution: local shops, door-to-door, or baby feeding centers. 
  • Hundreds of thousands of children have already been reached but further evidence is needed along with closer collaboration with the government to drive impact and scalability. 

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