Joost Van Engen
Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania
Healthy Entrepreneurs is an initiative that aims to provide access to basic health using solid scalable business models, especially for vulnerable people in hard to reach areas. Healthy Entrepreneurs is an innovative local solution that selects and trains community health workers as health entrepreneurs. These community health workers pay a commitment fee and receive a starter kit of basic health products, as well as a solar-powered tablet that is equipped with an ordering app. The health entrepreneurs will also receive a product and health info app which includes educational videos on relevant health topics in their local languages. These entrepreneurs are able to make a living by selling reliable and affordable health products such as fortified porridges. Health entrepreneurs can also offer simple diagnostic tests and advice from a doctor from a remote location to their communities in need. The Healthy Entrepreneurs concept has been tested, implemented and fine-tuned in Haiti, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Democratic Republic of Congo. Work currently focuses on Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.