Nobody should die because they live too far from a doctor.
A call to action
Traditional hospital-based services are failing to reach the world's most remote villages. Nowhere is the rural health crisis worse than in Liberia, the poorest war-torn nation on earth. Liberia is recovering from one of the 20th century’s most devastating civil wars. The majority of health facilities were destroyed and the country saw a mass exodus of professional health workers, leaving just 51 doctors to serve a country the size of Ohio. Today, 60% of the rural population lacks access to essential health services.
Founded by survivors of Liberia's civil war, Last Mile Health (LMH) is committed to saving lives in the world's most remote villages. Working in remote rainforest communities cut off from even basic life-saving health services, LMH is building a health system that reaches everyone - by bringing health care directly to villagers' doorsteps. LMH trains, equips, and supervises community members to be health practitioners for their villages and then connects them with rural health clinics to offer every person access to the care they deserve. These Frontline Health Workers are able to prevent, diagnose, and treat the top ten most life-threatening health conditions in Liberia, and therefore are transforming access to health services and health outcomes in the region.
Rather than designing a health system for last mile villages that relies only on doctors and hospitals often too far away, LMH's frontline health workers — the existing human potential in last mile villages — bring health care out of the hospital and right to the doorstep of people in their own homes -- where it can have the greatest impact.
Five goals underpin our program model:
- Target the poorest, most remote villages.
- Recruit, train, support and employ villagers to serve as professional frontline health workers.
- Provide comprehensive home-based care to women and children.
- Integrate home-based care with clinical services at primary health care facilities.
- Drive high performance through novel technology-driven training, research and information systems.