Local Leaders: Strengthening Community Health Across Continents

Dr. Shreya Kangovi, Founding Executive Director, Penn Center for CHWs, and Claire Qureshi, Vice President, Frontline Delivery, Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health highlight the commonalities of CHWs across contexts and the need for more work in the U.S. on community health. To read the full article, visit here.

The Global Health Case Competition, April 2018

The Global Health Case Competition was held on April 15th-18th in London. The competition brought together business students from around the world to discuss global health challenges. CEO, Angela Gichaga sat on the panel as a judge in the competition. The Financing Alliance for Health was honoured to be present to learn from the brilliant young minds who shared their thoughts and experiences with the team. We look forward to continue engagement in the global health case competition. For more information about the competition, visit the website here.

Skoll World Forum, april 2018

The Financing Alliance for Health participated in the Skoll World Forum 2018 which was focused on Leveraging Technology to Close the Distance in Global Health Access. CEO of The Financing Alliance for Health, Angela Gichaga sat on the panel with other prominent leaders in Community Health. The session explored the reinvention of community health care, and discussed the innovations poised to drive real change in global health systems. READ MORE

Partnership with Medtronic Foundation

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Medtronic Foundation. We look forward to walking this journey together.

BLOG: $2 billion report launch

Read this blog about USAID’s recent report “Closing the $2 Billion Gap” makes the investment case for community health financing and also the outcome of the UBS Optimus Foundation and the USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact meeting.

USAID CII and UBS Optimus Foundation launch of the UIB, february 2017

Joining a conversation with experts from the public and private sector on best practices in innovative financing for global health and development., The Financing Alliance for Health participated in the panel presentation at the The UBS Optimus Foundation and the USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact meeting on 'Innovative Financing to Achieve Impact in Global Health'. READ MORE


Dr Angela Gichaga, CEO of the Financing Alliance for Health was invited to speak at the panel conversation 'Interdisciplinary solutions for Global Health challenges'  at the Harvard Business School's 15th Annual Health Care Conference titled 'Heart to Heart Conversations'. READ MORE 

uhc forum: Strengthening building Blocks for Change, DECEMBER 2017

The Financing Alliance for Health participated in a panel presentation at the UCH Forum 2017 titled 'Delivering on Community Health Systems Strengthening to Achieve Universal Health Coverage Objectives: What will it take?'. The panel also included FAH partners such as Last Mile Health and UNICEF and focused on policy and program shifts needed to strengthen community health systems as an essential component of primary health care. READ MORE


The Financing Alliance for Health hosted high-level policy and decision makers at Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in the beginning of November to discuss and develop solutions for financing of community health interventions. Participants included decision makers from governments, bilateral donors and multi-lateral banks and institutions. READ MORE

Dr. Angela Gichaga presenting on community health financing at the Acting on the Call Conference in Addis Ababa on August 24th

Dr Angela Gichaga, the CEO of the Financing Alliance for Health, presents insights developed with Dalberg and USAID which focuses on financing health from the community perspective. In her talk, Dr Gichaga identifies opportunities of leveraging and mobilising domestic finance as well as attracting new players within the sector. She addresses the funding gap of $2 billion in Sub-saharan Africa and introduces the lessons learnt from country experiences. Listen to her talk here.

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

Investing in a community health program in Togo leads to an 11:1 return

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

Financing Alliance engages with 25+ countries at ICHC conference in johannesburg

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

Financing Alliance for Health Launches at the Clinton Global Initiative

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

A Story of Love from Rivercess

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

Our World's Healthy Future Needs Community Health Workers

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