LAST MILE HEALTH
“Saves Lives in the Most Remote Villages”
At the end of the civil war in 2003, only 50 doctors remained in Liberia to serve a population of 4 million people. People living in the “last mile” must travel hours and sometimes days to reach the nearest clinic. Many have never seen a doctor and die from diseases that can easily be treated like pneumonia, diarrhea, malnutrition and malaria. Last Mile Health has pioneered an innovative model that trains professionalized Community Health Workers to bring critical primary care services to the doorsteps of people living in the “last mile.
Community Health Workers are members of the communities they serve, and trained rigorously in four modules specially designed for the needs of Liberia’s last Mile including: health surveillance, child health, maternal and neonatal health and adult health. The burden of disease in these remote villages is high yet preventable. “Illness is universal but access to healthcare is not” said Dr. Raj Panjabi, Co-Founder and CEO of Last Mile Health and one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2016. With his team he has developed Last Mile’s vision of Last Mile Health’s vision of a “health worker for everyone everywhere, everyday.”