A New Way Forward
The HealthStore Foundation® has combined established micro-enterprise principles with proven franchise business practices to create a micro-franchise business model called CFWshops.
Franchisees operate small drug shops or clinics strategically located to improve access to essential drugs. HealthStore clinics and shops enable trained health workers to operate their own businesses treating the diseases that cause 70-90% of illness and death in their communities while following HealthStore drug handling and distribution regulations calculated to ensure good practice.
A short-list of inexpensive generic drugs can effectively treat 70-90% of the children suffering and dying from infectious diseases in the developing world. Too often, people do not have access to these drugs. HealthStore seeks to improve access to these essential drugs using its micro-franchise business model.
The major goals of the CFWshops project are:
Franchisees enjoy the benefits of owning a valuable profit-making business but may retain it only by compliance with CFWshops drug handling and administration regulations. It is in their own self-interest for franchisees to follow the regulations. HealthStore believes that franchisees acting in their own self-interest will achieve more than a centralized command-and-control bureaucracies can.
The franchise model has delivered a wide variety of high quality, low cost goods and services throughout the world—including medicine—and has proven to be an effective method of mass distribution across a wide diversity of economic and cultural conditions.
The CFWshops franchise operating system includes an operating manual complete with policies, procedures and forms constituting a turn-key management system which, if followed, enables franchisees to conduct business and provide necessary compliance reports to The HealthStore Foundation®.
Franchisees are entitle to receive a supply of high quality, low cost drugs, management support, training and other valuable benefits from HealthStore. But, if the franchisee fails to comply with rules and reporting requirements, the franchise may be revoked. The system is designed to make the long term benefits of retaining the franchise worth too much to risk losing by breaking the rules. The rules are calculated to assure good drug handing and administration practices.
The system includes, among other things:
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