A short number of inexpensive generic drugs can effectively treat 70-90 percent of the children suffering and dying from infectious diseases in the developing world—but too often people do not have access to these drugs. The HealthStore Foundation seeks to improve access with a micro-franchise business model.
With the CFW shops—storefront medical centers serving neglected communities—the HealthStore Foundation has combined establish-ed micro-enterprise principles with proven franchise business practices, creating a model which has received recognition from the Clinton Global Initiative. Building on its results, HealthStore aims to expand the CFW network in Kenya to 200 outlets serving up to 1,500,000 patients and customers per year, and to expand the CFW brand of franchised healthcare to more countries.
Franchisees operate small drug shops or clinics strategically located to improve access to essential medi-cations. These trained workers treat the diseases that cause 70–90 percent of illness and death in their communities.
CFW outlets are located at market centers in agricultural areas of approximately 5,000 people; customers are primarily lower or middle-income women and children subsisting on agriculture.