Johnson & Johnson, South Africa, has been awarded Gold by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Stars of Africa Awards for its partnership with Unjani Clinics NPC, an initiative that empowers black women by creating entrepreneurial opportunities for professional nurses.

The bi-annual CSI competition invites AMCHAM members to submit and showcase the work they are doing in the space of health and wellness, community development and welfare, and education, training and skills development.

The Unjani Clinics initiative aims to strengthen health systems in low-income communities throughout South Africa and is based on an owner-operator model. Each clinic is donated to a nurse in the community of her choice after successful completion of the application and selection processes.

Since its launched in 2010, Unjani Clinics have provided more than 350,000 patients with several health services, including primary healthcare, vision screening, wellness services and chronic disease management. There are currently 35 clinics in the network, with Johnson & Johnson funding a total of 12 by the end of 2018.

Funding provided by Johnson & Johnson has ensured that significantly more South Africans have access to this critical service. The partnership has also unlocked additional funding from other Corporates, helping Unjani NPC to scale up the rollout of clinics across South Africa.

“We are delighted with this recognition and extremely proud of our partnership with Unjani, which is a social franchise that is working exceptionally well to deliver quality, affordable healthcare to communities,” said General Manager for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices in South Africa, Stacy Meyer.

“We encourage all other Corporates in South Africa to consider partnering with Unjani to help scale this unique model,” continued Meyer.

Through the collaboration, the two organisations intend to treat up to 280,000 patients annually by 2018 and scale up the Unjani Clinic Network to 70 clinics by December 2019.

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