Bringing Health Care Closer to Home

The MSH initiative to improve private community health shops—often people’s first source for medicines and family planning supplies—has brought high-quality care to nearly 36 million people in Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia, and Zambia. This public-private innovation, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others, has resulted in 10,000 accredited drug shops. Women make up 90 percent of the shop owners and medicine dispensers. They provide reliable health information and supplies close to home, boost local economies, and promote gender equality.  MSH President and CEO Jonathan D. Quick shared results of the program at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting.

Above photo: Brooke Huskey