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GP presents at Global Health and Innovation Conference


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Since World Health Day was on April 7, "an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health," it's fitting that the Global Health and Innovation Conference (GHIC) will take place this weekend.

From April 12 to 13 at Yale University, approximately 2,200 conference attendees will convene to exchange ideas on the "most thorough, comprehensive and groundbreaking work in global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development.” GHIC keynote speakers include the likes of Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, Michael Moss, New York Times investigative reporter, and Seth Godin, NYT best-selling author and marketing guru. GHIC is the “world’s leading and largest global health and social entrepreneurship conference” and our VP of Health Services Fund, Lara Diaconu, has been invited to present. 

Lara will present on GP’s community pharmacy work with our partner, COMIXMUL, in Honduras. The community pharmacy model was designed to sustainably provide isolated, poor communities with access to affordable medications. Lara will share insights, including how COMIXMUL was able to build and train a network of 200 volunteer community pharmacists to serve as local access points for essential medications.

A graph showing COMIXMUL's community pharmacy program costs and revenues.

(Click graphic to enlarge) COMIXMUL’s revamped community pharmacy program model looks promising, with the latest numbers indicating that revenue from medicine sales can break even with program operation costs. This means that it is possible for poor, rural families to access and afford medications from social enterprises like COMIXMUL without philanthropic subsidies. If successful, this model could be scaled to serve more people.

Follow the conference on Twitter with hashtag #GHIC.

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Blog Tags: access   COMIXMUL   community pharmacy   Latin America   

Poor, rural families in Honduras often can't access medications due to cost and geographical barriers. Graphic © Global Partnerships.
Poor, rural families in Honduras often can't access medications due to cost and geographical barriers. Graphic © Global Partnerships.

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