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Hi Tara, Thanks for your question!

Stephen Mather responded to some of the technology questions below Michael's comment. The maps will be made available to the general public on open sourced web-based platforms, such as the Missing Maps project.

The pharmacists themselves will be provided with directions to their service area. However, the mapping will serve another purpose which will be to design the particular service areas based on an algorithm to determine potential for profit and suggestions on types of pharmaceuticals to carry. This data would influence the 'exclusive territory contract' described by Pascale Leroueil response to Paul Clyde in an earlier thread (Jan 7).

Thanks Kurt! The idea has taken shape from the approaches and expertise of Pascale, Stephen and some key people in Bangladesh as well. We look forward to the chance to develop it further in Dhaka.

Hi Michael, Thanks for the questions and interest! One of the bottlenecks for entrepreneurial pharmacists would be access to start up capital and support services for resupply and general operations. This idea proposes a method to make a business for a sole pharmacist more accessible and provide them with the services and oversight that help ensure quality standards. My intuition into why this was not previously attempted is that this could not be achieved by an individual pharmacist, but requires an organizing body to work out the roles of the various stakeholders (primary investor, pharmacist/entrepreneurs, clients) and also create a platform of mapping tech and urban logistic strategy to incentivize business interest and ensure coverage of neighborhoods.