When innovators face common challenges, there’s no need to re-invent the wheel. Through CHMI-facilitated learning activities, program managers have been exploring how they can share ideas and work together to overcome organizational roadblocks.
Learn and Launch is a new peer-learning initiative for leading health programs to brainstorm, share and test practices that will help tackle specific operational roadblocks impeding growth and scale. It provides innovators an opportunity to learn and try new solutions quickly – all within a supportive network of peer organizations, regional partners, and the broader Center for Health Market Innovations community.
Through Learn and Launch, CHMI is working with nine programs in Africa and South Asia to facilitate knowledge-sharing, joint problem solving, and the collaborative development of new approaches to address marketing, demand generation, and behavioral change challenges. CHMI partnered with the Africa Capacity Alliance to kick off the Learn and Launch program in Nairobi, Kenya, in November of 2015. The Africa cohort of programs includes: MOBIcure (Nigeria), Purple Source Health Care (Nigeria), PACE (Uganda), and Totohealth (Kenya.)
Over the course of three days, the Africa cohort heard from experts on creating successful marketing strategies for low-resource markets, approaches to developing pricing models for bottom of the pyramid consumers, and the importance of tailoring services and products to customer experiences to drive demand. Dr. Charles Akhimien, Co-founder of MOBicure said, “We face similar challenges. Seeing and sharing how each of us has been able to tackle the challenges broadens insights as we can leverage on each others’ strengths.”
Program managers visited two high-profile programs to witness how those models were tackling marketing and demand generation challenges, and to learn what they could adapt for their own programs. From Ubuntu Afya, a primary care chain in Kibera, participants observed the importance of leveraging community participation and ownership in delivery of services to increase demand. At Jacaranda Health, a leading maternal and child health center in Kahawa West, Nairobi, programs learned how ensuring clinical quality through standardized protocols has helped to enhance customer experience and ensure quality of care. “It was probably the highlight of the workshop. I hope we can do this more times, and together we can transform health markets,” said Oludare Bodunrin, Business Development Manager of Purple Source.
On the last day of the kick off meetings, the program managers developed work plans to guide the implementation of one of their jointly identified solutions. Each program has designed their own plans for the $5,000 implementation grant:
“We have a way forward to reach the number of mothers we wish to. We are now able to see the business from a holistic point of view, ensuring the product is successful in the market.” said John Malele, Marketing Director of Toto Health.
Stay tuned for blogs on the individual Africa cohort programs and their progress, and the Learn and Launch South Asia kick off meeting recently held in Mumbai, India with ACCESS Health International.
By Cynthia Charchi, with Cosmas Kavinda