The HealthStore Foundation

The mission of The HealthStore Foundation is to to improve access to essential drugs, basic healthcare, and prevention services for children and families in the developing world using business models that maintain standards, are geometrically scalable, and achieve economies of scale.
Sep 9, 2016

CFW clinics: updates

Dr. Walter Obita
Dr. Walter Obita

Two updates about the CFW network in Kenya for the GlobalGiving community:

1. HealthStore East Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Walter Obita as its Chief Operating Officer, effective Jul 1, 2016.

Dr. Obita is a medical doctor with pertinent experience in Kenya, including having served as the founding director of the Sagam Medical Centre in Narok, Kenya beginning in June 2013. This entrepreneurial success, along with his professional credibility and outstanding references, make us doubly excited about beginning to work with Walter.

2. For the first time, a CFW clinic has been accredited to receive payments under Kenya’s National Hospital Insurance Fund (“NHIF”).

In mid-2015, NHIF began rolling out outpatient benefits for anyone in Kenya who chooses to sign up. The CFW clinic in Mwea is now accredited by NHIF, which means that NHIF subscribers living near that CFW clinic can designate it as their primary place to receive outpatient healthcare; 58 patients have so far made such a designation. The CFW clinic in Mwea will receive $12 per year from NHIF on behalf of each patient who registers at the CFW clinic in this manner.

We are very interested to see how the economics of this play out. Will the $12/year suffice to cover the clinic's costs of providing outpatient care to these 58 people throughout the year? Time will tell! In any case, we're excited that CFW remains at the forefront of innovative healthcare delivery in Kenya and that one of our clinics is now working directly with NHIF patients in this way.

May 17, 2016

HealthStore Co-Founder and CEO Visit Kenya!

A newly painted clinic in Western!
A newly painted clinic in Western!

Hello HealthStore and CFW Clinic Supporters! 

We have some exciting news to report this month. HealthStore Co-founder, Scott Hillstrom, and CEO, Greg Starbird, were able to make a trip to our headquarters in Kenya! The trip was very successful and consisted of policy meetings, staff updates and field visits in the Western region. 

Because it's not always easy to get to the Western part of Kenya, so our franchisees in that area were very grateful for a visit from Scott and Greg.

During the clinic visits, our team was able to hear first-hand the trials and triumphs of our nurse fanchisees. Gathering this information is invaluable to us. As an organization, we're constantly working to better listen to our franchisees and improve operations.

One big take away was that a few of our franchisees are ready to take on more work! There is a great demand for their high-quality services and they're eager to open more clinics. Luckily, with the franchise model, this type of expansion is usually easy to do. The next step for our team will be to identify the franchisees wanting to take on more responsibility and help them achieve their goals of opening more clinics. 

In addition to our CEO and co-founder visiting Western clinics, we also brought along our Medical Director, Dr. Peter Okaalet and a long-time employee of our Kenyan NGO, Abraham Orare Were. Having their expertise on the journey will help us even more as we improve and expand our operations. 

Lastly, Scott, Greg, Dr. Okaalet and Abraham were also fortunate to visit the Sagam Hospital in Western Kenya. Our dear friends, Dr. Khama Rogo and Debora Rogo facilitated the tour and taught our staff more about the referral process and what it means to be part of a bigger healthcare system in Kenya. It was an eventful and enlightening experience for all involved. 

All in all, we're excited where things are headed for HealthStore and our CFW clinics. Looking forward to giving you the next update soon!

Take care,

The HealthStore Team

Co-founder and a franchisee outside of her clinic
Co-founder and a franchisee outside of her clinic
Sagam Hospital Visit
Sagam Hospital Visit
The team outside another beautiful CFW clinic
The team outside another beautiful CFW clinic
Co-founder speaks with a Western franchisee
Co-founder speaks with a Western franchisee

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Feb 18, 2016

2015 Highlights from CFW Clinics

Rita
Rita's New CFW Clinic in Kamulu

2015 was a great year for our CFW Clinics! 

Some of the top highlights include: 

1. Across our network of CFW clinics in Kenya, we saw and treated over 253,000 patients in 2015!

2. On top of that, our CFW nurses and staff hosted numerous health events and reached about 235,000 additional people in communities surrounding our clinics. These events include: health screenings, deworming of children, sanitation training, HIV prevention and education, and water purification training. They're designed to serve the community and spread the word about our clinics.

3. We recruited a new CFW franchisee, Rita Mwanyumba Kijala, who now owns and operates a CFW clinic on the outskirts of Nairobi (see more info about Rita below). And our Kenyan NGO - the org that runs our CFW network - hired a new staff member, Ezra Bargesa Korir. Ezra joined our team as a field officer in the Western region of Kenya. CFW field officers make routine and random visits to clinics to ensure franchisees are following CFW's strict franchise quality standards. They also mentor the franchisees and attend regional government meetings so our nurses don't have to close their clinics to do so.

4. Our busiest CFW clinic this year was the “St. Nicholas” clinic in Kenya’s Embu district. Owned and operated by franchisee Margaret Njeru, this clinic served 756 patients per month. She also reached 176 community members per month through health outreach events.

5. And finally, in December we opened a brand new clinic in Kamulu! Rita Mwanyumba Kijala, a Kenyan registered community nurse with over 18 years of experience, is the new owner and operator of this CFW clinic. Kamulu is a small town of about 26,000 people located in the Ruai region near Nairobi, Kenya. Rita's clinic will primarily serve a community made up of a few private schools, domestic workers, and some Kenyans from the middle class and surrounding rural area.

We couldn't have accomplished any of these things without your help! Thank you again for your support - CFW greatly appreciates YOU!

 

Cheers!

The CFW Team

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