Nick Pearson | Jacaranda Health
Fellows work to maximize the impact of their ideas through design. They work through a systematic process driven by the five elements of scalability: real impact, big bang for the buck, lasting behavior change, easy replication, and the right path to scale. Fellows participate in the program for two years, working through several design iterations.
THE IDEA: Jacaranda Health
World-class maternity care for low-income women: deliver clinical, technology, and business innovations with savvy marketing for healthcare designed with mothers in mind
HOW IT WORKS
- Involve patients in design, and draw from proven global clinical interventions
- Train midwives for clinical excellence and patient respect
- Build trust with prenatal care via mobile vans and community partners
- Communicate with patients and help them save for delivery with mobile phones; track referrals and complications with electronic medical records.
- Deliver safe maternity and obstetric services in small, comfortable clinics
THE PERSON: Nick Pearson
Nick Pearson is a social investor who grew up all over the world, who has become a maternal health entrepreneur
Nick’s wife was an ob-gyn working in Western Kenya and described her friend’s death during childbirth – which could have been easily avoided with better care. Nick was working for Acumen Fund investing in businesses in Kenya and had seen both the dramatic need for better healthcare and the opportunity to improve health systems in low-resource setting. So he set out to launch Jacaranda Health and bring business savvy and scalability to maternal health.
Over 250,000 women a year in Africa die during childbirth; a woman in Kenya is 100 times more likely to die while giving birth than her cousin in Europe. Jacaranda Health aims to tackle this problem with an award-winning business model for private-sector maternity care in urban East Africa. It has been designed by and for childbearing women living in the peru-urban areas of Nariobi, and integrates evidence-based clinical interventions with business innovations to improve uptake of maternal health services, reduce costs, and dramatically improve the quality of care to which women have access. The Jacaranda model is combination of two services: (a) mobile vans that create a direct link with patients, boost demand for services and healthy outcomes through antenatal care and birth preparedness; and (b) Jacaranda Clinics near the slums where women can go for respectful obstetric care, safe delivery, family planning, and postnatal care. Jacaranda’s first clinics launch in 2011.