Our pillars: The projects focused on Health & Well-being

Published on: 22/08/2019

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TRANSFORM

Our pillars: The projects focused on Health & Well-being

With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the cornerstone of our work, TRANSFORM partners with social enterprises to provide support and funding for market-based solutions that meet the needs of low-income communities, from clean water and proper sanitation to valuable health services.

Aligned with the SDGs, the latest projects in the TRANSFORM portfolio are also tied in with one of TRANSFORM’s five pillars – Health and Well-being, which aims to support digitally enabled businesses that address multiple health and well-being needs by promoting supply and demand, with a focus on women and youth.

These three projects set out to meet the health needs of underserved households in very different ways, but each one has created impact and enhanced the lives of communities in Bangladesh, Kenya and Pakistan:

  1. Jeeon – Based in Bangladesh, Jeeon uses digital technology to provide better healthcare and well-being in rural communities. Jeeon’s comprehensive eLearning and eCommerce apps connect informal healthcare providers (pharmacies, drug shops, and village doctors) to quality healthcare services, drugs and products, and upgrades them with the knowledge and tools to better serve their patients, while also increasing their income. To educate the population and generate demand for new products, it gives providers the training and marketing materials to support healthy behaviour changes in their communities. By leveraging this vast network of rural providers, Jeeon is developing an efficient supply chain capable of reaching millions of underserved Bangladeshis with high-impact products, quality medicines and knowledgeable care.
  2. MumsVillage– This website is essentially a virtual village, in which Kenyan mothers can express themselves freely and look for the advice of experts such as doulas, doctors, nutritionists, fitness experts and other parents. There are already 30,000 users that rely on the website to make informed choices about their healthcare. As a next step, MumsVillage has invested in e-commerce, allowing mothers to become micro- entrepreneurs and increasing their income.
  3. doctHERs – With the ambitious aim of reaching up to 120 million people in rural Pakistan who lack access to quality and affordable healthcare, doctHERs is committed to fixing this healthcare gap by empowering female doctors. Through a digitalised value chain, female healthcare providers in rural villages across Punjab and Sind will be upskilled, equipped and deployed to raise awareness of women’s health issues and connect female patients with female doctors. With the help of HD video consultation and coordinating between providers, labs and pharmacies, doctHERs is leveraging technology to foster gender inclusivity and female empowerment.

If you are inspired by these impactful solutions and have your own ideas and projects to foster sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, please submit your application for TRANSFORM’s Open Challenge.

Submissions are now open for projects that meet the needs of low-income communities, in line with any of the five pillars: Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Health & Well-being, Rural Livelihoods, and Energy & Environment.