'Living Goods' is employing local women in Uganda to deliver medical supplies to rural villages. Although diseases such as malaria are treatable, many children still die from the illness each day. This organization is using a network of local agents to sell drugs and other medical supplies door-to-door.
For many years, cosmetics companies such as Avon have used the door-to-door method to sell their products. Living Goods has adopted the same model to deliver medical supplies to rural villages and remote clinics. The company relies on a network of agents and locals from the area to sell medicine. Although the medical supplies that the agents deliver are not free, they are cheaper than what is found in local stores. The Living Goods system also protects against the possibility of counterfeit drugs.
Although the program is still fairly new, a group of researchers at MIT found that the door-to-door deliveries helped reduce the death of young children by 27 percent.