On Tuesday, September 25th at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Closing Plenary, Former President Bill Clinton formally announced Tiyatien Health’s new initiative to bring community-based, mobile-enabled health care to last mile villages in the Konobo district of Liberia, which has no mobile network and just one health facility. Working in partnership with Medic Mobile and the Liberian Ministry of Health, Tiyatien Health will ultimately equip a corps of frontline health workers with the technology, training, and support to deliver health care to all villages in the district for the first time. We are extraordinarily thankful for those who have recently joined us on this Commitment: the Greenbaum Foundation, the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation, the Starkey Foundation, Inveneo, and Ruth Thomas Suh and Chan Suh. We are truly grateful for the support of our partners and friends without whom this work would not be possible.
The Konobo district in Grand Gedeh is one of the most remote regions of Liberia with some of the worst health indicators for women and children. The safe delivery and child immunization rates are among the lowest in the country.
Our work in Konobo will be focused primarily on reducing maternal and child mortality by delivering high quality maternal, child, and newborn health services using our Frontline Health Worker (FHW) model and implementing clinical quality improvement initiatives at Konobo Health Center, the only medical facility in the district.
Additionally, as announced by President Bill Clinton, we are partnering with Medic Mobile to create a mobile network for the district and to design a mobile application that will dramatically improve FHW training and management, in addition to improving FHW communication with facility-based clinicians. Furthermore, the mobile platform will include an automatic data collection and reporting system that will create stronger, more efficient systems to manage patient records and monitor quality, allowing us to provide sustainable, high quality health care to more people than ever before. By July 2012, we aim to have 60 FHWs providing advanced care to 35,000 people. For the first time, 100% of Konobo district will have access to high quality health care.