Updated Dec 14, 2020

High-quality, affordable health care facilities

https://www.oneworldhealth.com/

Aaron Stroud-romero

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As a U.S.-based nonprofit, we fill the gaps left by governmental, temporary, and narrowly-focused healthcare efforts by building affordable and accessible healthcare facilities that provide a full scope of medical services.

OneWorld Health provides quality, affordable healthcare to people, families and communities that are caught in the gap between an under-functioning public system and an unaffordable private system. We do this by building and operating ambulatory care facilities, providing high-quality, affordable care to impoverished communities using a social enterprise model. From inception, each project is c...
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OneWorld Health provides quality, affordable healthcare to people, families and communities that are caught in the gap between an under-functioning public system and an unaffordable private system. We do this by building and operating ambulatory care facilities, providing high-quality, affordable care to impoverished communities using a social enterprise model. From inception, each project is carefully planned to ensure every dollar invested will create a long-term impact in the community. OneWorld Health provides capital investment in facilities and equipment, and patient fees provide the ongoing operational funds needed to sustain the project. Our program model is strategic and focuses on sustainability. It starts by developing funding partnerships to build medical centers, which are built after conducting local research and feasibility studies to assess medical needs, and establishing a pricing model for services. We work in collaboration with local and national health officials to maintain regulatory compliance from planning through implementation, and our U.S. team works closely with our national teams to oversee construction and equipping of each medical center. Clinics are launched with national staff who receive ongoing training from U.S. board certified medical professionals. OneWorld Health subsidizes the clinic during the startup period, but we aim to achieve 100% operational sustainability within 24 months of opening through affordable but viable patient fees.
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Stage 5: Scaling

In 2010 OneWorld Health opened our first facility in Uganda; in 2014 we expanded to Nicaragua. We are currently building our first facilities in Honduras and scaling within Uganda and Nicaragua with growth plans for East Africa and Central America.
Registered in United States, Honduras, Nicaragua and Uganda as Non-Profitin United States, Honduras, Nicaragua and Uganda as Non-Profit

Focus Areas:

Primary Care, Infectious & Vector Diseases and Non-communicable Diseases

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Implemented In:

Honduras, Uganda and Nicaragua

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Countries Implemented In
100,000
Customers
200
Employees
$5,843,230
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Many people in developing countries do not have access to good healthcare. While quality healthcare is available in the private setting, the majority of the population cannot afford the costs. The alternative, the underfunded public system, typically results in dangerous wait times, improper diagnosis and treatment, and limited access to needed services. Although services are officially free at government facilities, providers regularly request payment and drugs are costly.

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Solution

By creating sustainable medical centers that offer affordable services, OneWorld Health is increasing accessibility to high-quality healthcare. We develop funding partnerships to build medical centers and subsidize operations during the startup period. Each medical center is opened with national staff who receive ongoing training, and we have an affordable pricing models that keeps prices low but results in 100% operational sustainability within 24 months of opening.

Target Beneficiaries

OneWorld Health has a target population that covers men and women of low- to middle-income status. Many of our patients have previously foregone medical treatment due to the cost and time it takes to access services. In Nicaragua we have both urban and rural facilities; 70% of our patients are female and more than 60% have not completed secondary school. In Uganda we focus in rural western Uganda; 55% of patients are female and 90% are subsistence farmers, unemployed, or informally employed.

Mission and Vision

OneWorld Health exists to provide quality, affordable care to communities in need. Our vision is to see communities empowered to bring about long-term improvements in health and quality of life.

Competitive Advantage

The OneWorld Health social enterprise model for medical clinics allows us to have a greater reach than we would relying on purely philanthropic support. Our facilities are operationally self-sustaining due to an innovative implementation model. We start with due diligence to thoroughly analyze market factors and identify regions that lack quality healthcare. Once identified, we secure land, create financial models, and draw architectural plans, an then secure financial backing for construction, equipment, and supplies. During implementation, our national medical and business teams are trained using American best practices and all medical centers are operated by host-country nationals. They lead our medical centers to reach self-sustainability through effective and efficient management. We maintain oversight with annual financial audits, medical reviews, and continued medical education to ensure high-quality patient care and financial transparency.

The Team Behind the Innovation

OneWorld Health employs more than 200 people around the world, with 10 based in Charleston, South Carolina. Our employees come from diverse backgrounds, but we all have one goal: to provide quality, affordable healthcare to the undeserved.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Jan 2020
New Country Implemented In
Honduras
Jan 2019
New Product Or Service
Bweyale Medical Center opened in Uganda
Jun 2011
New Product Or Service
Masindi Kitara Medical Center opened in Uganda
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Nicaragua
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Uganda