Description of Innovation

Populations such as truck drivers and sex workers facing increased health risks, as well as rural communities, systematically experience limited (and often no) access to health care.

 North Star converts shipping containers to repurposed mini-clinics. These Roadside Wellness Centers (RWC) are semi-mobile and rapidly reproducible primary care and STD/STI centers staffed with local health care workers and behavioral change communication specialists. North Star uses a sophisticated technology system, COMETS, to track health trends and identify optimal locations for RWCs and to allow patients to access their records at any clinic.

North Star currently operates 29 RWCs in East, West, and Southern Africa, and in 2012 delivered treatment, testing, and counseling to 219,681 people. North Star plans to double the number of people served by 2015.