Med25 strives to improve health by encouraging the creation of local, income-generating businesses that support health care.

Med25

An approach to funding quality health care through social enterprise.

Med25 encourages the creation of local, income-generating businesses that support healthcare. This proven model  effectively increases access to quality healthcare in remote and rural communities and ensures that healthcare is available without long-term dependence on international aid. The Med25 name is derived from Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states “everyone has a right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family”.

This model depends on local communities, governments, other nonprofit organizations and the private sector as collaborators; partnerships are key to long-term impact and sustainability.

After more than 10 years of experience implementing community-driven programs and social businesses, MED25 International, a standalone non-profit organization, transitioned into a new program within the VillageReach portfolio. Read more about the February 2017 transition.

Med25:

  • Provides quality,  affordable healthcare while simultaneously implementing social enterprises
  • Prioritizes close collaboration with the local community, development of local leadership, and implementation of local, income-generating businesses
  • Eliminates the need for long-term foreign aid financing for partner healthcare facilities

How it Works

  • Identify community with significant need of health intervention
  • Meet with key governmental, NGO, and community-based stakeholders to perform initial needs assessment for health services and income-generating businesses
  • Create or improve infrastructure for health services and income-generating businesses
  • Provide tools and resources to ensure profits will adequately fund intended health services long-term

Impact

To date, Med25 has provided over 100,000 people with access to quality healthcare through sustainable community-based businesses in Kenya and Ghana. In Med25’s most recent implementation in Mbita, Kenya, a mortuary, clean water program, and transportation business generate enough revenue to provide over 1,800 patients monthly with subsidized healthcare. Of these services, over 70% are free of charge to the patient. The Mbita implementation of Med25 also employed 39 local staff members, provided clean water and electricity to the community, improved infrastructure, and had several secondary impacts on business development and economic uplift. Twenty months after income-generating businesses launched, the partner healthcare facility was 100% sustained locally.

 

rural health clinic Kenya

Key Partners

  • Construction for Change
  • 30/30 Project
  • Seattle International Foundation

Scaling the Innovation

VillageReach is working to extend the reach and impact of Med25, building on existing partnerships with local communities, governments, nonprofit organizations, and foundations to adapt and scale Med25 in more communities of need.

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