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Empowering Change 
on the frontlines of health


Connecting hard to reach populations with health.

Mobile populations like truck drivers face unique health challenges given they are continuously moving from place to place.

The mission of North Star Alliance is to provide quality healthcare to mobile workers and the communities they interact with. It offers primary health care services, HIV testing and health education to hard-to-reach, mobile populations such as truck drivers and sex workers, through their Blue Box Roadside Wellness Centres – strategically situated at major truck stops and border crossings in Africa and housed in easily recognisable blue shipping containers.

Roadside Wellness Centers

Each drop-in centre is run by trained clinical and outreach teams and is supported by an electronic health passport system, which allows clients to access their health records at any centre in the network, as well as keeping track of the spread of disease.

The organization launched its first Roadside Wellness Centre in Malawi in 2005. Since then, it has expanded into East and West Africa, and currently operates 49 Blue Box clinics in 13 African countries.

In 2015, North Star Alliance became a flagship partner of the Trust and continues to be
a trusted partner in the Secondment program.

Star Driver Program

In 2014, Thomas Büchel from J&J Consumer in Germany developed the Star Driver Program during his secondment with North Star Alliance; a customer facing initiative designed to strengthen the NGO’s brand and reputation and increase its customer base.

In Sub-Saharan-Africa, transport companies lose many of their long-distance truck drivers through diseases such as HIV. Encouraging more truck drivers to regularly visit North Star’s Roadside Wellness Centres and access basic health care and health education can help to control the spread disease.

The Star Driver program incentivises truck drivers to visit the Roadside Wellness Centres four times a year in return for being rewarded with a Star Driver certificate. This is a document which can greatly boost their job prospects with their employer. Whilst at the clinic, they also receive a health examination to improve safety on the road.

Read more about Thomas’ work on our secondment page

North Star Alliance provides quality healthcare services to mobile workers like truck drivers, sex workers and the communities they interact with.

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Strengthening Supply Chain Management for an HIV Free World

This year’s International AIDS Conference is different than any other to me. It’s different, because I now have a stake in the game like never before.

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Ylse van der Schoot, Executive Director of North Star Alliance

The Trust had the opportunity to catch up with Ylse van der Schoot, the Executive Director of North Star Alliance to find out more about the impact being made through the partnership

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Our partnership with the Johnson & Johnson is a cornerstone in the foundation of our future ambitions. The investment of their time and energy, teamed with their areas of expertise and experience have brought about valuable developments within North Star Alliance. Johnson & Johnson has helped us get to where we are today, and the future is bright; working together we will continue to bring essential health services to hard-to-reach populations.

Ylse van der Schoot, Executive Director, North Star Alliance

Learn more about the North Star Alliance