Health & Wellness Organizations

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Category Description:  organizations that focus on the many aspects of health and mental health.


Health & Wellness Organizations

Basic Needs

Field:  mental health

Where:  China, Ghana, India, Kenya, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam

BasicNeeds is an international development organisation that was founded in 2000 by Chris Underhill after an initial encounter with tortured and caged mentally ill people within a hospital compound in Africa. Mental health is hugely under-resourced and neglected as a health issue and therefore BasicNeeds works to bring about a lasting change in the lives of mentally ill people around the world.

Our mission is to enable people with mental illness or epilepsy and their families to live and work successfully in their communities by combining health, socio-economic and community orientated solutions with changes in policy, practice and resource allocation.


Healthstore Foundation

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Overview directly from Healthstore Foundation Website:


Our Mission

To improve access to essential drugs, basic healthcare, and prevention services for children and families in the developing world using business models that maintain standards, are geometrically scalable, and achieve economies of scale

Despite the stunning advances in medicine during the last half century, approximately 17,000 children die each day for want of medicine that costs less than a cup of coffee. 

A short list of infectious diseases treatable with inexpensive generic drugs accounts for approximately 70% of all childhood illness and death in the developing world. Existing access to essential medicines for much of the poorest is woefully inadequate. A frightening percentage of the most vulnerable populations live hours, if not days from the nearest source of life saving medicines. Moreover, the current limited distribution often suffers from weak supply, a lack of rigorous quality control and unfair or simply inaccessible pricing. To address this yawning healthcare gap Scott Hillstrom and Eva Ombaka, Ph.D. founded The Child and Family Wellness Shops network (CFWshops) in 1997, adapting a traditional franchising model to the problem of distributing essential medicines in remote communities. 

The HealthStore Foundation® 527 Marquette Avenue, Suite 1660, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

Phone: (612) 216-5274
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Living Goods


Overview directly from Living Goods Website:


Thanks to significant medical and technological breakthroughs we now have the solutions to save and change the lives of millions of people living in poverty. Products like anti-malaria treatments, clean-burning cook stoves, fortified foods, and solar lamps can dramatically improve the health and wealth of people who survive on just a few dollars a day. But these products do little good if they don’t reach the people who need them most. And as it stands today, roughly 270 million people in Africa still lack access to life’s most essential products. Now more than ever, we need an efficient, scalable, and sustainable system to deliver these life-saving and life-changing products to the world’s poor. This is the gap Living Goods aims to fill. 

We believe that the poor are not helpless victims; they are resilient entrepreneurs and value conscious consumers. We empower the poor through our networks of ‘Avon-like’ micro-entrepreneurs who go door-to-door teaching families how to improve their health and wealth while selling a broad assortment of affordable, life-changing products.

We seek nothing less than a disruptive reinvention of distribution in the developing world, through networks of franchised micro-entrepreneurs who leverage Living Goods’ brand, buying power and marketing tools to deliver vital products at accessible prices to the people who need them most. By combining the best practices from the worlds of micro-enterprise, franchising and public health, Living Goods is creating a fully sustainable system to improve the health, wealth, and productivity of the world’s poor. 

Living Goods 220 Halleck Street, Suite 200, The Presidio, San Francisco, California 94129

Phone: (415) 430-3573
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Vision Spring


Overview directly from Vision Spring Website:


At Vision Spring WE'RE RESTORING more than VISION.

See to work, See to Learn

For those who work in the textile industry, local tailors, rug makers, bike mechanics, weavers, artisans, and anyone who needs to see up close for their profession, the loss of near vision during prime working years can affect their ability to earn a living and support a family. VisionSpring was founded on a very basic principle: “If you can’t see, you can’t work.” In the years since, VisionSpring has broadened the scope of our work to include the distribution of prescription eyeglasses with the understanding that “If you  can’t see, you can’t learn.” Recent research conducted in China determined that correcting vision in primary school students is the equivalent of an additional 1/3 – 1/2 year of schooling. Despite this opportunity to have an enormous impact on the working poor and students in the developing world, the market has failed to meet the needs of this demographic often referred to as the BoP consumer.


VisionSpring  322 Eighth Avenue, Suite 201, New York, New York 10001

Phone: (212) 375-2599
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Overview directly from Strong Minds Website:


We are working to solve one of the most neglected health issues in the world, at scale, for the first time.

What We Do

We build Strong Minds by providing access to mental health services for impoverished Africans.

We build Strong Families & Communities by helping people suffering from major depression return to becoming productive members of their communities.

We build a Stronger Africa by implementing our model at scale.

We have had tremendous success and we wish to share our program and results with you. 

StrongMinds’ vision is to treat and improve the lives of 2 million Africans with major depression by the year 2025.

While depression is the leading cause of disability for both males and females, the burden of depression is 50% higher for females than males (WHO, 2008). In fact, depression is the leading cause of disease burden for women in both high-income and low and middle-income countries (WHO, 2008). Research in developing countries suggests that maternal depression may be a risk factor for poor growth in young children (Rahman et al, 2008). This risk factor could mean that maternal mental health in low-income countries may have a substantial influence on growth during childhood, with the effects of depression affecting not only this generation but also the next. 


StrongMinds, Inc.,
PO Box 615
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Phone: 908.577.7964
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