At the Catalyst Group’s Health Practice, we consider it our responsibility to partner, especially with vulnerable communities, to help realise this potential through health and well-being.
Through a 360-degree approach, we leverage the strengths of a global social impact consulting firm and 25 years of experience. The Health Practice works across both Catalyst Management Services and its sister organisation, Swasti, a global south public health agency that partners with communities at the last mile to further health and well-being.
Our work centres around Health Systems Strengthening and Community Systems Strengthening with the aim of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), health equity and quality primary care for all.
Few initiatives include:
Facilitating the Learning for Impact (L4I) knowledge collaborative by USAID India Health Office provides insights and evidence to maximise the impact of USAID health investments in India
Launching India’s first city-wide environmental surveillance system that works to identify and respond to COVID outbreaks through strategic waste-water testing
Conducting a process evaluation of India’s first health-focused ‘development impact bond’ (DIB) to generate insights on the prospective role of performance-based financing mechanisms in global health programming
Designing the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) II for the Government of Nigeria to combat the challenges of addiction and trafficking, and providing monitoring and evaluation support to relevant government agencies
Conducting an evaluation of the World Health Organisation’s Regional Office for South East Asia’s (WHO SEARO) Collaborating Centers to assess the effectiveness of the partnership and identify influencing factors
Together with Swasti, raising over one billion USD from the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria
I4WE Program Model
I4WE Program Model
The cycle of ill health and poverty is kept intact by system inefficiencies, episodic treatment seeking behaviour of the poor, and minimal focus on prevention and non-medical determinants of health. The poor lose up to 1-2 months of productive time in a year to an illness of self and family. Almost 50-80% of them live with some form of undiagnosed illnesses and die earlier than those who are economically better off. About 50-60 million people in India have been pushed to poverty, in the last decade, because of health-related expenditure.
Invest for Wellness (i4We) is a system innovation in primary healthcare, which combines health and wealth interventions, and focuses on wellness for the poor in an affordable, quality assured and scalable way. The programme ensures the primary care of members, navigates them through a range of existing secondary and tertiary providers and uses a blended financing model. The model combines medical, behavioural and social science with an appropriate mix of technology and health financing. It is currently delivered in four settings – Urban, Rural, Factories and Sex Workers’ collectives.
In any setting, a household becomes a member by saving a minimum of ~ 0.8-1 USD per week in a local health group. When a family member is ill, they get free, prompt, convenient and empathetic care in the local clinic by a nurse and a dial-in doctor. When they are well, they are screened systematically for 10 high-burden conditions. In the case of chronic conditions, continued support to adhere to treatment and other changes, is provided. When the condition requires hospitalization or advanced treatment, they are referred to a quality assured network of providers and treatment adherence.
The i4We model is guided by the philosophy of “work with what works” and complements the existing network of health providers by making them more effective and efficient, with a customer focus.
Members get health advice, assured screening and treatment for 20 diseases and conditions, and priority access to health services.
The solution consists of an Android app and web platform that helps hospitals monitor and execute healthy WaSH practices. The WaSH App has been made in accordance with the Government of India’s Kayakalp Guidelines prepared for healthcare facilities. The multilingual app has a simple and iconised user interface and configurable functionalities.
The adoption of appropriate WaSH habits within healthcare delivery systems on a real-time basis is expected to reduce delay in action when issues are reported, save time, save money, and, most importantly, save lives.
Available as a web platform and integrated android app, this product enables frontline staff workers in any setting (urban, rural, rurban) across thematic areas to:
Guide dialogue by the staff on multiple topics as defined by the programme
Create reminders and alerts for follow-up
Use customised non 1-1 based workflows for reporting and follow up
Allow decentralised analysis and decision making
Built within the framework of a prayer wheel, where every interaction is a continuation of the previous discussion, and enhanced by an easy-to-use UI and vernacular languages, this solution helps all the key staff in a programme plan and monitor their programme.