Project Impact's partners have proven track records in the creation and maintenance of affordable health care service and delivery models for the developing world. From our top tier law firms in the US to our consulting ophthalmologists in Tanzania, Project Impact's partners provide some of the best support available anywhere in the world.
Project Impact is a member of the International Federation of Impact Organizations. The Federation is dedicated to the prevention and mitigation of disability. The Federation is comprised of the autonomous national IMPACT Foundations from 12 countries.
The Foundations support and complement efforts of national governments, non-governmental and community-based organizations, UN agencies and other international organizations. While mobilizing management skills and resources of the private sector, the Federation also acts as a powerful catalyst, maximizing benefits from other interventions to prevent and mitigate disability.
Federation members are established in Bangladesh, Denmark, East Africa, India, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Britain, and the United States. Associate members are established in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and Hong Kong.
Acumen Fund is a new, independent organization underwritten by the Rockefeller and Cisco Foundations and individual philanthropists. The organization is pioneering a portfolio approach to global social investing that will set a new standard for the management and distribution of philanthropic capital. Acumens first portfolio supports innovations that leverage technologies to radically lower the costs and barriers to healthcare for poor people in developing countries.
This portfolio is focused specifically on health technologies in South Asia and Africa. The Acumen Fund supports quality investments through rigorous due diligence as well as through the development of assessment and reporting tools. Acumen also works to create a network of talented individuals, linking them to some of the best innovators and innovations in specific fields and measuring the impact of investments in the lives of people around the world.
Al Noor is a key partner in Project Impact’s eye care and hearing disability work. Established in 1989, the mission of the Foundation is to develop sight restoration and blindness prevention programs in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
In addition to the funding it has already provided to Project Impact’s hearing aid project, Al Noor will establish a hearing aid manufacturing site, provide training programs for hearing aid technicians (for dispensing), and establish cost-effective, self-sustaining service delivery sites for prescribing and fitting hearing aids.
Project Impact is working with Al Noor to set up hearing camps along the lines of the diagnostic screening camps that have been implemented for eye care. Al Noor is associated with a group of 15 eye and ear hospitals located throughout the Middle East, which will also distribute our hearing aid.
The Aravind Eye Care System provides the highest volume of eye surgery of any hospital in the world and operates extensive community outreach programs, which reach over 2 million patients a year. The programs include over 1000 diagnostic screening camps, which are conducted with substantial community support. Aravind is particularly well suited to be Project Impact’s partner, as it is the originator of a sustainable model of high-volume, high-quality eye care that has been established in a variety of sites worldwide.
The pricing and service delivery components of Project Impact initiatives are based on program elements integral to Aravind's success in eye care and blindness prevention and treatment. Aravind will assist Project Impact to set up service delivery sites for hearing aids within Southern India, utilizing its established network of community organizations and hospital facilities.
Ashoka's mission is to develop the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world. Ashoka invests in people. It is a global non-profit organization that searches the world for social entrepreneurs - individuals with unprecedented ideas for change in their communities.
Ashoka identifies and invests in these social entrepreneurs through stipends and professional services that allow "Ashoka Fellows" to focus fulltime on their ideas for leading social change in education and youth development, health care, environment, human rights, access to technology and economic development. David Green, the Executive Director of Project Impact is an Ashoka fellow.
Aurolab, a non-profit trust, has manufactured medical devices since 1992. With a proven track record in the manufacturing of medical devices and an organizational mandate to maximize product availability and affordability for the poor, it is a natural partner for Project Impact. In a previous collaboration with the founder of Project Impact, Aurolab developed a low-priced, high-quality, sight-restoring intraocular lens (IOL) for developing country markets. Aurolab now manufactures and sells more than 600,000 IOLs each year to 86 countries, making it one of the largest companies of its kind in the world.
The lenses are sold for $8, as opposed to the market average of over $100. Subsequently, the manufacturing of surgical sutures was also established at Aurolab and is now in full production. The selling price of sutures has been reduced from $200 per box of a dozen to $40. Aurolab IOLs and sutures have CE Mark Certification, fulfilling regulatory requirements for European sales. The sutures also have FDA marketing clearance. Aurolab will be one of the initial sites for manufacturing the hearing aids.
The Social Profit Network (SPN) serves the global community of social entrepreneurs and investors to support venture philanthropy and its role in accelerating social change. It is the goal of SPN is to add value to this emerging paradigm of philanthropy by marrying the experiences and resources of the entrepreneurial investment community with the proven practices of the social entrepreneur. A fundamental tenet of SPN is that the cross-pollination of knowledge between these two communities of experience can produce truly world changing results. SPN works with entrepreneurs to articulate effective strategies and tactics for social change. For the social investment community, SPN matches investors to the projects and issues that are of primary interest to them.
The World Bank supports Project Impact’s Affordable Hearing Aid Project with a grant from its Development Marketplace program. The Development Marketplace aims to identify and nurture the most innovative ideas in the development community.
In a competition open to all, including NGOs, businesses, academia, and foundations, the Development Marketplace awards start-up funds to ideas that test new approaches to fight poverty and bring people and institutions together with the greatest promise of moving from concept to results.