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Publish Date: 12/14/17

Case Study: Creating the Largest Hospital Network in Brazil

See how an entrepreneur who sought to fill a void in Brazil’s market for health diagnostics developed the country’s largest independent provider of health services and made a difference in access to quality healthcare across the country.

English | 32 Pages | 2017 IFC

Publish Date: 10/19/17

CASE STUDY: Ser Educacional

Efficiencies Help Expand Affordable Higher Education with Positive Financial Returns in Brazil

Publish Date: 5/4/17

Healthcare in Emerging Markets: An Investor's Perspective

This newsletter offers insights into the global health sector gained from IFC's experience as the largest multilateral investor focused on private healthcare in emerging markets and from IFC's robust network of clients.

English | May 2017 | IFC

Publish Date: 5/2/17

CASE STUDY: Apollo—Creating Healthcare Markets

This case study explores how IFC client Apollo provides high-quality healthcare through an integrated network in India.

English | 28 Pages | May 2017 | IFC

Publish Date: 4/26/17

CASE STUDY: salauno—Creating an Inclusive Market for Eye Care

This case study features IFC client salauno (, a private provider of eye-surgery targeting low-income Mexicans. The company has forged an innovative partnership with the Mexican government and a local charity. Founded just six years ago, salauno performs 25,000 surgeries a year and has grown its staff to around 200.

English | 12 Pages | April 2017 | IFC

Publish Date: 4/26/17


salauno’s mission is to “eliminate needless blindness in Mexico” by providing affordable and accessible eye care services to patients of all income levels. In the first five years since its founding in 2011, the company has provided eye care to over 230,000 people and grown from one surgical center in Mexico City into a network of ten mid-sized Diagnostic Centers with a staff of over 200, offering a range of services throughout the Mexico City Metropolitan Area and the broader Valley of Mexico. For more information on salauno visit their website at

Publish Date: 3/30/17

CASE STUDY: MedLife—Changing the Culture of Healthcare in Romania

This case study explores how IFC client MedLife pioneered the creation of an integrated healthcare network in Romania.

English | 21 Pages | March 2017 | IFC

Publish Date: 3/1/17

Healthcare Market Assessment | East Asia 2016

With a focus on five countries—Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines—this publication summarizes the findings of a study aimed at providing tools and analysis to better engage with these markets for improved health outcomes. It explores the problems that public health systems face, and the opportunities for the private sector.

English | 20 Pages | 2017, IFC

Publish Date: 3/1/17

Corporación Grupo Fybeca S.A. (GPF)

Fybeca a pharmaceutical retailer with a history of innovation, saw an opportunity to complement its high-end pharmacy chain, Fybeca, with a down market chain so that customers could access quality medicines at economical prices. In 2000, GPF launched SanaSana — its first pharmacy for low-income customers.

Publish Date: 2/21/17

Private Sector Pharmaceutical Distribution and Retailing in Emerging Markets

New investment opportunities in the pharma sector arise as the lifestyle-related chronic diseases and rising incomes are changing the healthcare landscape in emerging markets, this IFC-Accenture study finds. Also, the drug distribution channels are too fragmented and have too many layers, making it harder than it should be for patients to access affordable, life-saving medications.

English | 20 Pages | 2017, IFC

Publish Date: 1/31/17

CASE STUDY: GHIF—Saving the Lives of the Most Vulnerable

GHIF is a social impact fund launched in 2012 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to finance the development of drugs, vaccines, and diagnostic tests for diseases that primarily affect low- and middle-income countries. The Gates Foundation structured GHIF to emphasize financial sustainability alongside social impact, measured by lives saved and improved. IFC invested $10 million, which helped GHIF attract a total of $108 million of capital from a diverse group of investors. In just two years since raising capital, GHIF has invested in seven companies for the development and manufacture of treatments for diseases such as cholera, river blindness, and parasitic worm infections, as well as diagnostic tests for tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, dengue, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes. By the end of 2016, three portfolio companies had commercialized products.

English | 32 Pages | 2017, IFC

Publish Date: 12/20/16

Impact Evaluation: Career Advancement and Social Mobility, Laureate in Peru

The objective of this research is to assess the career achievements and social mobility of Laureate graduates in Lima, Peru, after they enter the labor market, compared to their peers from other institutions. This research is based on a quasi-experimental impact evaluation design, complemented with descriptive statistics and qualitative information. The results of this study were obtained through an ex-post impact evaluation of graduates in Lima.

Related Publications:
1. Presentation - Laureate Education and Social Mobility in Peru
2. Affordable Higher Education in Mexico: Implications for Career Advancement and Social Responsibility

English | 66 Pages | 2017, IFC

Publish Date: 12/16/16

Case Study Ascendis Health: Bringing High-Quality Generic Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices to over 100 Countries

Ascendis Health is a South African company producing a range of health care products aimed at enabling a holistic approach to health, combining prevention and treatment. Its medical device division imports medical equipment and offers maintenance services in developing countries. Its pharmaceutical division distributes over 850 generic medications in emerging markets. In 2016, IFC made a $30 million investment in Ascendis to support its acquisition of a European generic pharmaceutical maker, with the goal of expanding access to affordable medications in developing countries.

English | 24 Pages | 2016, IFC

Publish Date: 9/16/16

Built for Change: Inclusive Business Solutions for the Base of the Pyramid

IFC presents five in-depth case studies of inclusive businesses and identifies the common strategies these companies are employing to do business with people living at the base of the pyramid. Ranging in geographies and sectors (agriculture, education, financial services, and healthcare), each company has a unique path but their shared strategies provides insights that can spark innovation among future business entrepreneurs. The case studies are based on interviews with the companies’ founders, chief executive, and senior management.

Publish Date: 9/16/16


NephroCare Health Services Private Limited (NephroPlus) is a provider network of kidney dialysis services across 15 states in India. Founded in 2010, NephroPlus delivers these services in large metropolitan areas as well as underserved, small cities at prices that are 30 to 40 percent lower than hospitals. As of 2015, the company has 75 centers across India that service more than 6,000 patients and provide approximately 50,000 dialysis treatments each month. This case study is in the 2016 Built for Change report which features companies that are employing unique strategies to integrate people living at the base of the pyramid into the companies’ business operations.

Publish Date: 9/16/16

Bridge International Academies

Bridge International Academies is an education organization founded in 2008 in Kenya, and grown to serve almost 100,000 students in over 470 locations in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and India. The company offers affordable, low-cost education to primary school children in underserved, low-income communities. The schools employ low-cost technology to provide teaching content to its teachers and to monitor the delivery of the content and teaching techniques on a real time basis. The company reaches more than 40 million customers in 15 countries in Africa and Asia. This case study is in the 2016 Built for Change report which features companies that are employing unique strategies to integrate people living at the base of the pyramid into the companies’ business operations.

Publish Date: 8/8/16

CASE STUDY: Detecting Diseases with Personalized Radiology

In 2012, IFC supported Alliar’s expansion with a $50 million loan. The company’s growth helped expand access to its diagnostic and laboratory services to 4.3 million patients, showing how innovative business models can increase efficiency and provide better health outcomes at lower cost to society.

Publish Date: 3/31/16

CASE STUDY: Helping Students Afford the Career of their Dreams

Ideal Invest: Making University Accessible through Student Loans in Brazil

English | 37 Pages | 2016, IFC

Publish Date: 3/23/16

IFC Case Study: Laureate in Mexico

Laureate International Universities (Laureate) offers higher education degrees in Mexico, in an environment where there is a significant, unmet demand for college degrees and yet, private universities face a highly competitive market to expand their services. This study relies on data collected directly from the field, including a college graduate’s survey, an employer’s survey, and in-depth interviews to Laureate former students.

English | 2 Pages

Publish Date: 2/29/16

CASE STUDY: Closing the Skills Gap for Global Tourism Jobs

CCA and ASHA: Empowering Culinary and Hospitality

Publish Date: 11/30/15

CASE STUDY: Preventing Blindness in China

Aier Eye Hospital: Efficient Management Leads to Clear

Publish Date: 5/29/15

Private Healthcare: Creating Opportunity in Emerging Markets, 2015

IFC’s support to Brazil’s largest network of private hospitals is broadening access to quality healthcare and contributing to a stronger national health system. IFC’s investment mobilized additional financing from a number of international investors.

English | 6 Pages

Publish Date: 4/30/15

CASE STUDY: Education Within Reach of All

UNIMINUTO: Bringing Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Jobs to Marginalized Communities in Colombia through Tertiary

Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) Implementation Handbook - HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Publish Date: 3/31/15

Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) Implementation Handbook - HEALTH CARE FACILITIES

The ESMS Implementation Handbook is for firms who wish to implement a management system in line with the requirements of IFC Performance Standard 1. The Handbook and companion publications – ESMS Toolkit and ESMS Self-Assessment and Improvement Guide – are designed to help companies assess and improve their ESMS.

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