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EfD announces support for Penda Health

Penda Health is a for-profit social enterprise that operates multiple health facilities in and around Nairobi that provide high-quality comprehensive primary healthcare services for poor and hard to reach populations.

EfD’s support is targeted at supporting the development of an ‘impact-led’ electronic medical records (EMR) system that will facilitate improved patient reporting, staff workflow and improve the quality of patient care and patient safety.
The system will allow for a more standardised delivery of patient care across Penda’s increasing number of facilities, and an improved ability to measure quality and to design trainings based on quality data.

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EfD announces support for One Family Health (OFH)

EfD recently agreed to provide support for the expansion of the One Family Health (OFH) model.

OFH establishes primary healthcare clinics in areas of need in the developing world, bringing essential medicines and healthcare services to the most vulnerable and underprivileged. Clinics are established using micro-enterprise and franchise business principles to create opportunities for trained qualified nurses to own and operate their primary healthcare clinics under a franchise model, improving their economic status and access to other opportunities. OFH supports franchisees by supporting access to financing, enhancing their business acumen and furthering their capacity to organise and manage their business. Franchisees are trained to manage their finances and personnel, medicine stocks, patient health records and interactions with health authorities.

To date, OFH has established more than 100 primary healthcare clinics in Rwanda, and has treated over 1.2 million patients. EfD is providing targeted support to attract funding to: (a) further scale the model within Rwanda; and (b) replicate the model in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa where there is significant potential.

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EfD is recruiting an Executive Manager

EfD is dually recruiting for a part-time Executive Manager to identify and screen new opportunities and proposals, and manage grants to support development of early stage social enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa.

Duties may be performed remotely but regular travel to London is required.

Further information is contained within the job description here.

Applicants are requested to send a CV with covering letter to Keith Palmer (Chair of Trustees) at

EfD renews commitment to Jacaranda Health

EfD has recently renewed its commitment to Jacaranda Health, a non-profit social enterprise, to support the business to become a regional hub for quality improvement in maternal and newborn health.

Jacaranda Health is one of the highest quality maternity providers in East Africa, as demonstrated by its recent award for SafeCare Level 5 certification, making it one of only three facilities in Africa to achieve this distinction.

EfD’s resources are being utilised to support the creation of a set of papers, light-weight tools and checklists that distill key lessons from Jacaranda’s model, which can be used in the expansion and dissemination of the model (either for knowledge sharing and technical assistance, or through management partnerships with other private sector players) with the intention to serve the public good by spreading Jacaranda’s expertise for the improvement in quality of maternal healthcare for women in Africa.

EfD’s case study provides an overview of the Jacaranda Health business model, how the business has grown to date, and how it intends to scale up over the coming years.

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EfD is supporting the expansion of TIST

TIST (The International Small Group and Tree Planting Programme) engages small groups of subsistence farmers in improving their farms including the planting and maintenance of trees. The carbon captured in these trees is quantified and certified greenhouse gas credits are sold through the global carbon market, with the farmers receiving 70% of the profits. The model offers a sustainable and scalable model to improve the livelihoods of subsistence farmers, while improving biodiversity and reversing the effects of deforestation.

EfD is providing technical support for the expansion of the TIST model within sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years.

More information on TIST and the proposed expansion can be accessed here.

Interested parties are welcome to contact EfD.