World Health Partners (WHP) is an international health organization who's mission is to deliver better health care within walkable distance everywhere. They are committed to delivering health and reproductive health services to rural and marginalized communities in the developing world.
WHP provides health and reproductive health services in low-income countries by harnessing local market forces to work for the poor. Leveraging existing social and economic infrastructure, they utilize the latest advances in communication, diagnostic and medical technology to establish large scale, cost-effective health service networks. They focus on serving rural and other especially vulnerable communities. They currently have operations in India and Kenya with a small US administrative office. Among their largest donors are The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Skoll Foundation and Merck for Mothers.
WHP's uses a market-based approach to comprehensive health care delivery to the rural poor. Their model focuses on making change on a large scale by building on existing human and physical resources, combined with appropriate use of low cost technologies, to improve access and quality of care. WHP currently works in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, India. The results generated from the last 3-4 years include a network of over 6,500 village level entrepreneurs (rural health franchises) serving a total population of ~25 million. Over 110,000 tele consultations have been conducted with rural patients of whom 51% belong to the poorest economic quintiles. WHP just launched a project in partnership with a local NGO, KMET, in western Kenya to adapt the WHP model to the Kenyan context.