World Health Partners
World Health Partners (WHP) is a non-profit organization that is mandated to deliver health care to underserved communities in the poorest parts of the world. It uses technology and management systems to harness better value from existing resources. Since the resources in such low-resource settings exist across public and private sectors, WHP engages with both with no ideological barriers.
WHP believes that a sustainable healthcare system must have an unwavering focus on two foundational elements: preventing onset of illnesses or ensuring simple illnesses don’t get serious. Experience across the developing world shows that this approach succeeds when communities are able to access the services within walkable distance. By adopting triaging principles, this approach also serves as the gatekeeper for secondary and tertiary care and forms a continuum of service provision. This vision is in fact a reflection of the Alma Alta Declaration of 1978 which brought primary health to the forefront of healthcare.
WHP’s current programs currently focus on early detection and treatment of tuberculosis whose success has become a model for expansion across India, maternal and child health in public and private sector settings, and basic health services to rural communities. In its decade of existence, WHP’s programs have treated over 26 million patients in India and Kenya so far. In January 2019, a consortium led by WHP was awarded a five-year, $110 million project to strengthen rural health centres of the government in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.