Clinicas del Azucar are a chain of low-cost diabetes management clinics that provide accessible preventative and supportive care to the underserved Mexicans.
Geographic Area of Impact: Mexico
Model: Social Business
Number of Direct Beneficiaries: 4,600 (2013)
Annual Budget: USD $ 653,466 (2013)
Percentage Earned Revenue: 100%
In Mexico there are more than 14 million people with diabetes and it is currently the number one cause of death (more than 80,000 people die every year because of the lack of diabetes care) and is one of the leading causes of amputations, blindness and kidney failure. Diabetes in Mexico is also called ‘the disease of the rich’ because current alternatives of care are expensive, inconvenient, and far from accessible to 80% of the population. In Mexico, patients have two options for specialize diabetes care; $1000 a year for private care or public institutions, which are limited and with long waiting times.
Innovation and Activities
Clínicas del Azucar (Sugar Clinics) offers specialized, affordable diabetes care to low and middle income patients who otherwise would go under- or untreated. With its one-stop shop model, Clínicas del Azucar has lowered patient´s diabetes complication rates by 60% and increased significantly their adherence to treatment
By offering a high quality and cost-effective health care to treat and prevent diabetes, Clinicas del Azucar addresses a critical socioeconomic issue, reduces inequality, and improves peoples’ quality of life and overall productivity. Moreover, through a comprehensive redesign of care processes, use of cutting-edge technology like innovative evidence-based algorithms and implantation of a sophisticated payment method, the company reduced the annual cost of care more than 70% (From $1,000 USD to only $200 USD) and the waiting and consulting time by almost 80%.
Born and raised in Mexico, Javier founded Clinicas del Azucar in 2010. Son of a Type-II diabetic mother, he saw first-hand the marked inequality in access to healthcare. Prior to founding Clinicas del Azucar, Javier spent most of his time as an MBA student working on how technology and innovation can help patients with chronic conditions. Javier’s private sector experience includes management consulting with A.T. Kearney and as a continuous improvement manager with Verzatec, a multi-national manufacturer where he led the company’s innovation efforts for more than 6 years. He is an Echoing Green,GSBI, Ashoka and MIT Legatum Fellow, Endeavor entrepreneur and recipient of the MIT TR35, recognized as one of the top 10 innovators under 35. Javier earned his B.S from the ITESM and his MBA from MIT Sloan.
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