Raj Panjabi of Last Mile Health on the power of professionalized community health workers to save millions of lives around the world
Illness is universal — but access to care is not. Physician Raj Panjabi has a bold vision to bring health care to everyone, everywhere. Listen to his TED talk here. Panjabi is building the Community Health Academy, a global platform that aims to modernize how community health workers learn vital skills, creating jobs along the way. For more information or to sign up for updates on Community Health Academy, please visit CommunityHealthAcademy.org.
In the small West African nation of Togo, investing in access to quality healthcare for mothers and their babies can have substantial effects in terms of saving lives, generating employment opportunities, and making the health system more resilient. A recent return on investment (ROI) analysis of a community health program run by Hope Through Health (HTH) in Northern Togo shows an impressive 11:1 return. This analysis will inform future decisions about the scale up and financing for this program. READ MORE
Johannesburg (March 27, 2017)—The Financing Alliance for Health, with UNICEF, Last Mile Health, the MOH Liberia, Partners in Health, and other partners, was tapped to lead three major financing sessions at the 'Institutionalizing Community Health Care' Event in South Africa. The well=received sessions were structured to help African governments assess their community health costs, develop financing pathways, and understand financing options.
- Session 13: Financing CHW Programs—the Case, Financing Sources, Enablers and Prioritization. (Financing Alliance) Link to document presented
- Session 14: Financing CHW Programs—Approaches from a New CHW Program in Liberia (Financing Alliance, LMH, and MOH Liberia) Link to document presented
- Session 15: Planning and Costing Community Health Systems (UNICEF MSH, and Financing Alliance) Link to document presented
Innovative new partnership helps governments close the health care gap in Sub-Saharan Africa
New York City (September 21, 2016)—The Financing Alliance for Health (Financing Alliance), a new partnership designed to help governments design and fund ambitious, affordable, and at-scale community health programs, launched today through a Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. An innovative partnership between governments, agencies, and organizations, the Financing Alliance’s ultimate goal is to support the scale up of the nearly 700,000 community health workers needed in sub-Saharan Africa to close the health coverage gap—saving an estimated 300,000 lives a year. READ MORE
Dr. Raj Panjabi, MD, MPH (CEO, Last Mile Health) & Dr. Ami Waters, MD (UCSF Global Health Fellow, Last Mile Health)
Her white and pink striped shirt draped over her left shoulder like an oversized curtain. As she sat on her mother’s lap, Love stared up at the stethoscopes hung around our necks. She had the apprehension you’d expect to see in the eyes of an infant with four strangers by her bedside. “We just celebrated her first birthday,” her mother told the Ministry of Health doctor and nurses we were rounding with at St Francis Health Center in Rivercess, Liberia. READ MORE
Katie Taylor (USAID) with Nazo Kureshy (USAID) and Lesley-Anne Long (mPowering Frontline Health Workers)
We live in extraordinary times. In 1960, 22.2% of all children in developing countries - one out of every five - died before the age of 5. Today, we are within reach of ending preventable child deaths. Across developing countries, when compared with fifty years ago, people are living longer, more people are educated, there are fewer wars, and there is an unprecedented drop in both the number and rates of people living in extreme poverty. READ MORE
New Report Shows That Investing in Community Health Workers Is Essential for Improving Health, Strengthening Economy, and Preventing the Next Ebola
Jeffrey Walker, Co-author, 'The Generosity Network'
Rajesh Panjabi, CEO, Last Mile Health)
In May, the World Health Organization declared Liberia "Ebola free" after forty-two days without new cases. While this was a remarkable milestone, none of us can forget that Ebola killed 4,800 people in Liberia and has already left more than 11,000 dead across West Africa. READ MORE