World Health Partners (WHP) aims to deliver better health and reproductive health care at scale within walking distance to marginalised communities. The focus is on rural populations and urban slums of developing countries. WHP started 10 years ago by creating a network of rural entrepreneurs. The initial approach was to create cost effective and large-scale markets by using latest advances in communication, diagnostic, and medical technologies to add value to existing social, physical and economic resources. It created 12,000 rural centers covering 25 million people in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India and Homa Bay in Kenya. The network has so far treated over 26 million patients, mostly women and children.
WHP is currently pivoting to integrate solutions into the public sector and has started producing results, emerging as an vital provider of TB detection and treatment with government support in India. WHP also works to purpose digital solutions for other sectors such as education and agriculture and anchor healthcare in them.
More than a billion people lack access to basic health care, because they live beyond the reach of existing systems.
WHP supports health-care entrepreneurs and informal health care providers in remote rural areas in a branded health franchise.
Gopi Gopalakrishnan's ambition is to provide the rural poor with access to affordable, high quality care within a reasonable distance
Some 12,000 SkyCare rural providers and 1,154 SkyHealth telemedicine centers provide services to 43,942 villages.
Ensure that the rural poor have sustained access to affordable, quality health and reproductive health services which improves their quality of life. Make well-being of the community holistic and sustainable by expanding focus to include education and income generation for those it serves.
Consolidate the entrepreneurs’ network and integrate into the public sector to expand coverage and impact each year by at least 20 percent. Expand the use of technology to establish more pathways through schools and farmers’ engagement.
Growing up in rural Tamil Nadu in southern India, Gopi Gopalakrishnan recognized and appreciated the social and cultural dynamics of rural population first hand. While working at DKT International, a private provider of reproductive and family planning products, Gopi saw that poor rural women with the highest health and reproductive health needs required the service and follow-up care close to their doorstep but the formally trained providers in the private sector were mostly urban-based. Informal healthcare providers in the village were the mainstay of healthcare delivery for these communities who while lacking in medical competencies build their business on the basis of strong relationships with the community. On the other hand, the public sector in these areas deployed a limited team of formally qualified providers who possessed the requisite medical skills but functioned inefficiently and often were unempathetic with the community's needs. Gopi's question was: can we combine the complementary competencies available between the informal providers and the public sector to deliver better quality care at scale and enhance the impact with new opportunities such as m-health? With this long-term plan in mind, Gopi founded World Health Partners in 2008 to expand and build on the work of Janani, (a nonprofit he also founded, which at its peak delivered more than 20 percent of the family planning services in the large and poor Indian state of Bihar).