Founders

Marcus D. Kudee

Marcus Kudee is a co-founder of Last Mile Health who served in a variety of roles at the organization, including supporting the launch and implementation of Last Mile Health’s site in Rivercess County, Liberia. Marcus originally joined as a community health worker and later as a community health worker leader at our demonstration site in Konobo District. Prior to co-founding Last Mile Health, Marcus worked as a Nurse Assistant at Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital in Zwedru, Liberia and with Merlin-UK and Doctors Without Borders. Marcus is originally from the community of Polar in Gbarzon District, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia.

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Peter Luckow

Peter Luckow is a co-founder of Last Mile Health and a MD candidate at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Peter also co-founded and currently serves on the Board of Directors of GlobeMed, a national network of university students advancing the movement for global health equity. Previously, Peter worked with Partners in Health and the Division of Global Health Equity at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Peter is an Echoing Green Fellow, a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, and an Ashoka and American Express Emerging Innovator. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Alphonso G. Mouwon

Alphonso G. Mouwon is a co-founder of Last Mile Health and currently serves as a Training Officer, supporting our efforts to scale the Government of Liberia’s National Community Health Assistant (CHA) Program in Rivercess County. Alphonso was part of our founding team of community health workers based in Zwedru, Liberia and was later promoted to the role of community health worker leader before assuming his current position. Previously, Alphonso served as the Tuberculosis Ward Supervisor at Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital in Zwedru, Liberia and worked with Merlin-UK and Doctors Without Borders. Alphonso is originally from Pouh Town in Gbarzon District, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia.

Raj Panjabi

Raj Panjabi

Dr. Raj Panjabi is the CEO of Last Mile Health, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Raj grew up in Liberia but was forced to flee with his family when he was nine years old due to civil war. After returning to Liberia as a medical student, he co-founded Last Mile Health in 2007. Last Mile Health partners with governments to design and scale national community health workforces to bring life-saving primary healthcare to the world’s most remote communities. Last Mile Health and its partners are also building the Community Health Academy, a global platform that leverages the power of digital technology to modernize the training of community health workers and health systems leaders.

Raj has authored or co-authored over 50 publications.  He currently chairs a global study with the Gates Foundation investigating lessons learned from exemplar community-based health care programs and has served as a reviewer of the World Health Organization’s Guidelines on Optimizing Community Health Worker Programs. For his work on building community health systems and responding to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Raj was named by TIME as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of the 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare. He has also been listed as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune. Raj is a recipient of the TED Prize, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and is a Schwab Social Entrepreneur with the World Economic Forum.

Raj is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and primary care at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Weafus Quitoe

Weafus Quitoe is a co-founder of Last Mile Health and served in various roles from 2007 to 2017. Weafus has dedicated his career to pursuing justice in health, leading the establishment of an HIV Equity Initiative and Liberia’s first community-based HIV treatment program, and supporting the development of Last Mile Health’s mental health programs. Previously, Weafus worked as a nurse aide at Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital in Zwedru, Liberia.

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Amisha Raja

Dr. Amisha Raja is a co-founder of Last Mile Health and a clinical psychologist. From 2009 to 2012, she worked with Last Mile Health’s Chronic Disease Team to launch the first mental health treatment program in rural Liberia. During her time in Liberia, Amisha collaborated with rural communities to explore the impact of mental illness, substance use, and trauma on the well-being of individuals and communities. She also served on Last Mile Health’s first Board of Directors. Amisha holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C.