North Star Alliance leverages AIMMS to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa

 280,000 people reached each year

Service available in 13 countries

Contribution to global health 

Identifying the optimal locations for its clinics to maximize health coverage and reach.


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"The delivery of this new system, named POLARIS (Program for Optimizing the Long-term Achievements of the Roadside Wellness Centres Investment Strategy), enables us to select optimal Wellness Centre locations, taking into account important factors such as continuity of care and number of visitors” — Luke Disney, Executive Director of North Star Alliance.


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Tackling a global problem

More than 35 million people worldwide are infected with HIV or are living with AIDS, and approximately 70% live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mobile populations, such as long distance truck drivers, are particularly at risk of contracting and transmitting the virus. In 2007, TNT Express and the United Nations World Food Programme joined forces to form North Star Alliance (North Star), their goal being to increase access to health services along major transport corridors in the region. With a growing network of clinics and an expanding amount of patients, North Star was looking for a way to obtain the optimal location for current and future clinics as well as the number of employees required at each site.


About North Star Alliance

North Star Alliance brings health to hard-to-reach people across Africa in a “Blue Box.” The organization uses converted shipping containers to house clinics that deliver public health programs for people with increased health risks.


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