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.
Last Mile Health℠ is creating a new health workforce to bring care to remote villages by transforming community health workers into real professionals -- so-called frontline health workers. Frontline Health Workers (FHWs) are gifted women, former patients and community-based providers who are recruited and given the employment, training, equipment and supervision they need to perform and deliver primary care -- tackling the top five diseases that kill women and children in villages too far from doctors.
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.