Training 8,000 Community Health Workers to Reach Highly Vulnerable Populations
Scaling the National Community Health Assistant Program and delivering primary healthcare services.
PARTNER: Last Mile Health
BUDGET: 400 million yen
TERM: 3 years
Training three million community health workers in 30 lifesaving skills could save 30 million lives by 2030. Founded on the belief that no one should die because they live too far from a doctor, Last Mile Health saves lives in the world’s most remote communities by partnering with governments to design, demonstrate, scale, and advocate for national networks of professional community health workers. Recruited from within their home communities, these workers strengthen health systems and transform health outcomes at the last mile by delivering an integrated package of lifesaving healthcare services directly to their neighbors’ doorsteps.
Training Health Workers to Reach Remote Communities
Since the launch of our partnership with Last Mile Health in 2018, nearly 4,000 community health workers were trained and deployed in remote communities, reaching over 700,00 people in Liberia. Activities were scaled up to Ethiopia, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Uganda by the time the program came to a close last year. Here’s a snapshot of the impact made.
Biography: Raj Panjabi is Co-founder and CEO of Last Mile Health and Associate Professor of Global Health Equity at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He grew up in Liberia and fled the civil war as a child, returning to Liberia as a medical student to advise the Ministry of Health and serve as a clinician in rural facilities. He was named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” (2016), and one of Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” (2015, 2017).