Wild4life

Bringing health services to rural communities

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160 Montcalm Street San Francisco CA 94110
US United States
Web http://www.wild4life.org/
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About the project Edit

Wild4life has figured out how to deliver health services to rural African communities, many of whom are outside the reach of the conventional health system. There is enormous need, as the majority of people in Africa live in rural areas. They bridge the gap between where resources are and where the need is. They connect rural communities to health service providers and create demand — by leveraging the resources of field partners already there.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

They bridge the gap between where resources are and where the need is. They connect rural communities to health service providers and create demand — by leveraging the resources of field partners already there.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

They provide health services to rural communities out of the health care system.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

They already operate in Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They could expand their activities in other African countries then maybe consider a global approach and go to South America, Asia and so on...

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Wild4life started as an HIV prevention and treatment program aimed at wildlife conservation workers in countries with high HIV prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa. We soon realized that the model we had developed and tested with conservation organizations could have much wider application — it wasn't just effective at addressing HIV. It could be used to deliver an array of health services. Wild4life has become a rural health program focusing on rural communities outside the reach of conventional health systems, connecting these unserved communities to much needed services.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

That in Africa there is a mismatch between where health resources are and where they are most needed. Most people — 70% — live in the rural areas while most health services are in the urban centers. There's good reason for this: the rural population is dispersed and the distances vast. The logistical headache and enormous cost of developing a healthcare infrastructure to reach rural communities is prohibitive. But there is an alternative.

There is an infrastructure already established in many rural areas, organizations like conservation or agricultural NGOs, or safari companies, have developed a network of resources that can be leveraged to create a delivery platform for health services. These organizations also have trusting relationships with local communities that can be used to mobilize communities and drive demand.


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