Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

LifeNet International

Transforming African Healthcare

aka LN International

Washington, DC

Mission

LifeNet's mission is to transform African health centers to provide quality, sustainable healthcare. Guided by the belief that every individual deserves an equal opportunity to lead a healthy and whole life, LifeNet improves the quality of health systems from the ground up. We are dedicated to strengthening health systems by leveraging existing resources to maximize return on investment and promote local sustainability.

Ruling Year

2010

President

Dave Evans

Main Address

1440 G St, NW

Washington, DC 20005 USA

Keywords

Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi

EIN

27-0904821

 Number

1485476582

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (G02)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Burundi, the DRC, Uganda, and Malawi are among the poorest countries in the world and all have the lowest human development rating given by the United Nations Development Programme. In the DRC, malaria is responsible for 20% of deaths in children under age 5 and nearly 10% of malaria-related deaths worldwide occur there. In Uganda, 336 out of every 100,000 live births end in a mother’s death. Malawi has an under-five mortality rate of 64/1,000 and Burundi’s under-five mortality rate is 72/1,000—some of the highest in the world. Although rural health centers are the first, and sometimes only line of defense against sickness and death for the majority of East Africa's communities, they continue to be crippled by lack of equipment, medicine, and knowledge.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Medical Training

Management Training

Pharmaceutical Supply

Growth Financing

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of facilities improved

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Through a franchise partnership with last-mile health facilities, LifeNet delivers life-saving medical and management training, pharmaceutical delivery solutions, and growth financing opportunities.

Number of people trained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

LifeNet trains health workers in last-mile health facilities in evidence-based best practices that improve sustainability, build capacity, and save lives.

Number of patient visits

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

LifeNet interventions equip last-mile health facilities to provide improved care for thousands of patient visits every year.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Guided by the belief that every individual deserves an equal opportunity to lead a healthy and whole life, LifeNet improves the quality of health systems from the ground up. We are dedicated to health systems strengthening. Through our franchise model, we innovate and implement pragmatic responses to everyday health challenges facing Africa's poor. LifeNet multiplies the impact of this “by the community, for the community" system by making strategic investments in the human capital behind it. Since launching Burundi operations in 2012 with 10 health center partners, our network has grown to 130 facilities in Burundi, Uganda, the DRC, and Malawi, together seeing over 1,000,000 patient visits per year. By 2025, we plan to work in 1,000 health centers across 10 African countries, transforming care for over 20,000,000 patient visits.

LN's conversion franchise platform for primary care health centers is designed for impact, scale and sustainability, drawing on business principles to build in-country capacity and generate long-term effect. Every pharmaceutical we deliver or piece of equipment we distribute is financed by our partner health themselves and paired with comprehensive, ongoing training. Health centers that implement LifeNet-taught best practices become official LN partners and establish regional standards of care. The success of our medical and business training is based on the trust relationships we build with partner center staff, which lead to lasting behavior change and heightened capacity.

4 Program Verticals:

Nurse Training - LN operates at the frontlines of the healthcare system by delivering medical training directly to nurses. Our approach stresses knowledge transference and local ownership: our medical education experts work closely with local nurse trainers, who then train partner clinic staff on-site once a month. We designed our curriculum for the local context and to align with the priorities of Burundi's Ministry of Health, as well as the international community's Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda. The lesson plans cover best practices for addressing HIV/AIDS, malaria, reproductive health, maternal, neonatal and child health, and more.

Management Training - We train managerial staff at each of our partner health centers in financial management and accounting, pharmacy and human resource management, key data analysis, and planning and budgeting. With these skills, health centers avoid stock-outs, manage debt, and break even or operate at a profit, ensuring their sustainability. Health centers become thriving enterprises that plan for the future and reinvest with their own earnings.

Pharmaceutical Supply - Through our pharmaceutical supply program we link rural partner health centers with local and regional wholesalers and deliver medicines directly to clinics. Before launching the program, we discovered that health center nurses were often purchasing medicines themselves: spending days at a time to travel to the capital, buy whatever was in stock at whatever price and quality available, and pile supplies into public transportation to return to their health centers. Our supply program has dramatically decreased the occurrence of stock-outs in our partners' pharmacies and increased the quality and variety of the medicines they offer.

Growth Financing - Filling a gap in local capital markets, our growth financing loan program increases the scope of services health centers offer and the revenue they generate. Employing a simple underwriting system, we have disbursed small and mid-sized loans of $200 to $30,000 that have financed key facilities and equipment, diversifying revenue streams our partner centers and helping them become locally sustainable.

LN has continued to succeed in its mission through the dedication of its leadership and employees, the continued innovation within its business model, and the continued support of funders who believe in LifeNet's theory of change.

LN applies its Quality Score Card (QSC) after every module to measure partners' performance across key areas. These include pharmacy operations, management, and clinical practices. To create the QSC, LN nursing and public health specialists drew on standards established by local ministries of health, as well as the USAID/Smiling Sun Health Services Quality and Monitoring Supervision Clinic Preparedness Guide, January 2010 and the IFC Self-Assessment Guide for Health Care Organizations from the Joint Commission International and Safecare.

The QSC covers all indicators that the ministries of health include in their own health center evaluations and then goes beyond to quantify staff adherence to LN-taught best practices. With it, LN's Monitoring & Evaluation specialists calculate a robust composite score for each health center that indicates the impact of LN interventions on health care quality over time. In addition to the QSC, LN also administers pre- and post-training tests to monitor partner center staff at the individual level. Trainers regularly see drastic increases in individual scores as many nurses receive training in these best practices for the first time.

Since launching Burundi operations in 2012 with 10 health center partners, our network has grown to 130 facilities in Burundi, Uganda the DRC, and Malawi. Together these health facilities see over 1,000,000 patient visits per year. By 2025, we plan to work in 1,000 health centers across 10 African countries, transforming care for over 20,000,000 patient visits.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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