North Star Alliance – Sub Saharan Africa

Promoting access to quality healthcare services for underserved and hard-to-reach populations in Africa.

A long-standing partner of the Trafigura Foundation, North Star Alliance’s mission is to bring down barriers to health services and provide accessible healthcare for mobile people and hard-to-reach communities. People on the move, such as truck drivers, not only are often out of reach of traditional health systems, but they could also play a pivotal role in the spread of diseases.

To address this complex issue, North Star Alliance has created an innovative system of roadside clinics, situated in hotspots where truck drivers frequently pass by. Services such as HIV counselling and testing, information on sexual health, primary healthcare for malaria and tuberculosis are offered to truck drivers and to the communities they interact with, such as sex-workers and populations living along the main transport routes. In addition, truck drivers receive information and training on safe driving practices.

After a series of successful collaborations that date back to 2013, the Trafigura Foundation has extended its support to North Star Alliance and its six “Blue Box” clinics in Tanzania until 2020. Revamped blue containers turned into medical units, Blue Box clinics are present along the Dar Transport Corridor, a main transport route stretching from Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

Beside the support offered to North Star Alliance for its health and safety activities, our partnership also has a second objective. We will help North Star Alliance strengthen its institutional sustainability through the implementation of a revenue-generation pilot aiming at reducing its dependence on external donations and supporting the organisation’s transition to a social entrepreneurship’s model.

The pilot will be initiated in Cato Ridge, South Africa, where North Star Alliance already has an operating clinic. If the pilot proves successful, the organisation will be able to diversify its source of funding and attract other potential investors, thereby increasing its long-term financial sustainability.

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Key figures

12,914

truck drivers served in Tanzania in 2019

6,110

members of the community served in Tanzania in 2019

2,864

sex workers served in Tanania in 2019

12,914 truck drivers served in Tanzania in 2019
6,110 members of the community served in Tanzania in 2019
2,864 sex workers served in Tanania in 2019

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