In this update, we've provided a link to an article that appeared in the Daily Nation (a prominent newspaper in Kenya) on September 16, 2013. This article reports, "A multi-million shilling fake medicines syndicate that puts lives of thousands of sick Kenyans at risk is thriving in the country, investigations have revealed. Most of the medicines are counterfeit, expired or concoctions without any active medical ingredients."
We'd encourage you to read this article, or others on substandard and counterfeit medicines that you can find on our website.
CFW exists to distribute high-quality medicines to low-income Kenyans needing prevention and treatment for prevalent diseases. As the Daily Nation article states, many local "clinics" and "pharmacy kiosks" are neither licensed nor operated by qualified professionals. By contrast, CFW clinics are legal, licensed, and operated by qualified medical personnel. We source only high-quality drugs, only allow drugs from these approved sources to be sold by CFW franchisees, protect our supply chain, and maintain an active compliance program to ensure all CFW outlets are following our standards on drug quality.
It takes a lot of effort to maintain quality standards, but that's why CFW exists. We're proud to be serving hundreds of thousands of people per year while maintaining basic quality standards.
Congratulations to Maina Kio and the CFW team in Kenya for the excellent results so far in 2013. Comparing January through May of 2013 to the equivalent months in 2012, we find that the CFW network in Kenya has served 11% more people in-store--and double the number of people through oureach events--in 2013.
We're on track for a great year, and appreciate everyone's support!
Along with this project update, we're including the link to a recent NY Times Op-Ed piece describing a study on the quality of TB drugs collected from 17 countries (including Kenya). We'd encourage you to read this short op-ed piece, one of many pointing to the prevalence of substandard drugs in Africa (and elsewhere). Such information underscores the importance of HealthStore's mission to improve access to high-quality essential medicines and basic healthcare.
We're pleased to announce that in 2012, we served our 4,000,000th person in Kenya since the CFW network was established in 1999!
In celebration of this achievement, we've uploaded a particularly striking photo, of children running past one of our CFW clinics. The CFW franchise network exists to improve access to medicines and healthcare for these children and millions of others throughout Kenya, along with their families and neighbors and friends.
We're pleased to have reached 4,000,000 people in Kenya with high-quality essential medicines, basic healthcare, disease prevention, and health education. And we look forward to serving millions more in the years to come!
In this update we would like to highlight the fabulous work of our CFW franchisees in Kenya in reaching beyond the four walls of their clinics into their communities. Through the first three quarters of 2012, the CFW network in Kenya reached over 100,000 people through outreach events. We've uploaded a photo of CFW franchisee Janet Kamar in Nambale town, as an example of what this outreach looks like. Janet is passionate in offering diagnosis and treatment of diseases to her community. The photo shows her going out to the community to educate them on how to stay healthy, how to prevent diseases, and to show them products that help prevent diseases (e.g. water treatment products that help prevent water-borne diseases).
Just as our franchisees are reaching beyond their clinics, we also want to reach more people, and so are now active in social media. We thought our GlobalGiving community of supporters should be the first to know.
We'd like to hear from you about this. Do you have creative ideas for how we can effectively use socal media to promote our cause of improving access to essential medicines and basic healthcare, especially in conjunction with GlobalGiving?
Please send us your ideas and comments.
Two authors affiliated with Yale University have published a peer-reviewed paper about HealthStore's CFW network. The paper is available for free via the link below, and appears in the BMJ Open journal (an open-access online journal associated with the British Medical Journal group).
We are pleased that this independent study shows (among other things) that acutely ill people near a CFW outlet in Kenya (within 30 km) are significantly more likely to seek treatment than those not near a CFW outlet. Our mission is to improve access to essential drugs, basic healthcare, and prevention services. This study gives external evidence that we are achieving this mission.
All the more reason to continue supporting our CFW network in Kenya!
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