Ustawi Biomedical Research Innovation and Industrial Centers of Africa, Inc. (UBRICA), is poised to enter the African market with a network of retail clinical centers (RCCs) with clinical diagnostic labs franchised for large-scale distribution in Africa. Ubrica Health Services Limited (UHS) will manage the RCC franchise. 


UHS will manage the URCCs under the stewardship of Virginia Warura Njoroge, RN, MS, CNML (USA) , and Juliet Mungai-Kimani, Pharmacy (UK). The goal of the franchised clinics is to provide access to primary care and preventive services in Africa. Students and faculty at the College of Architecture, Texas A&M University are developing the design of the RCC franchise units.

UBRICA proposes to rollout the URCCs in the first quarter of 2016 in a franchise model being developed by teams of experts at the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT), and the Center for Health Systems and Design (CHSD).

The CHOT, a multi-university organization headquartered at the School of Public Health in the Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center, is advising UBRICA on the strategic aspects of the franchise in Kenya.  Bita Kash, PhD, and Frederick Nafukho, PhD, are working closely as co-principal investigators of the strategic design of the RCCs

The CHSD, a multi-university, multidisciplinary health care design center headquartered at Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture, is advising on the design of the RCC units. Each RCC unit will comprise a retail space for grocery and convenience shopping, a clinical space, a patient education space, a pharmacy space, and a clinical laboratory space. Prof. George G Mann, AIA, and Zhipeng Lu, PhD, are leading the design of the URCC units.

UBRICA will release the franchising program in two weeks. 


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