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Health Care Franchise


Project Name: CFW Shops
Challenge: Many Kenyans aren't getting the healthcare they need.
Solution: A franchise model that delivers accessible and affordable healthcare.

Can the quality of healthcare in developing nations be transformed by the same principle that makes fast food such a success in the U.S.? In the May 25 broadcast, NOW traveled to Kenya to investigate an enterprising idea: franchising not burger and donut shops, but health services and drugs in rural Africa. Children and Family Wellness Shops - known as CFWShops - is a joint venture between American businessmen and African entrepreneurs that spreads for-profit clinics around the country in the hopes of providing quality, affordable medical care.

"If we had as many franchise outlets delivering health care in developing countries as Subway has sandwich shops, we've estimated that we could serve about 120 million people a year," Businessman Scott Hillstrom, who conceived the idea, told NOW's David Brancaccio.

Learn More: Go to NOW's "Health Care Franchise" to watch the show, see a slideshow of Kenya photos, and read a Q&A with NOW producer Dan Logan about his experience making the program.

Contribute: To learn how to donate to CFW Shops, click here

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NOW Update: See how the Kenyan facilities weathered recent violent unrest, as well as the program's expansion into Rwanda in NOW: Health Care Solutions