Model & Strategy

Founded by survivors of Liberia’s civil war, Last Mile Health (LMH) saves lives in the world’s most remote villages. The organization specializes in the development and management of professionalized Community Health Workers who bridge the gap between hospital and remote villages, bringing critical services to the doorsteps of people living in the last mile. LMH’s programs are implemented hand-in-hand with community members, local government officials, national policy makers, and global partners to ensure sustainable impact.

At a Glance
Founded: 2007
Health
Location of work: International, Africa
Last Mile Health
P.O. Box 130122
Boston, MA 02113
Saving lives in the world's most remote villages
Meet Rajesh Panjabi

Dr. Raj Panjabi is Co-Founder and CEO of Last Mile Health and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. At age 9, Raj escaped a civil war in his home country of Liberia. He returned to serve the people he had left behind, cofounding Last Mile Health. Described by Forbes as “a healthcare model for 1 billion people,” Last Mile Health has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Aspen Institute and Big Bang Philanthropy.

Raj has been ranked as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, is an Echoing Green Fellow, recipient of the Global Citizen Movement Award and formerly served as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative and the Global Impact Forum. Raj is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, received an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Raj received the 2017 Ted Prize, was one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine, and is a Forbes 400 Philanthropy Fellow.

IMPACT

LMH manages 310 community health professionals who have provided over 100,000 patient visits, simultaneously driving a national program to deploy over 4,100 community health workers and nurses to cover 100% of Liberia’s remote villages (1.2M people) by 2021.

LMH has increased access to diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia treatment among children, by 48%, 29% and 53%respectively; increased skilled (clinic-based) deliveries amongst pregnant mothers to 96%; and introduced hypertension, HIV, and tuberculosis care for adults.

Last Mile Health News

  • RT @SkollFoundation: We're happy to share that in 2018, our films about social entrepreneurs have been screened in more than 50 cities and…
  • RT @gavi: "Millions of vulnerable people still lack access to vaccinations. Due to a game-changing partnership between @Gavi, @lastmileheal…
  • Are you an experienced international development professional with a background in facility and community-based nut… https://t.co/QXdPfgs38n
  • RT @gatesfoundation: Kids suffering from pneumonia fight for each breath. Today, it is still the leading infectious killer of children worl…
  • RT @larsraquel: Last Mile Health is looking for a passionate Program Manager with exceptional leadership experience to drive forward our wo…
  • RT @SegalFoundation: Do you have significant experience with quantitative methods, program #evaluation, and managing #datasystems? Our part…
  • Last Mile Health COO Lisha McCormick, Board Member @PeggyClarkAspen & Board Chair Katherine Collins with Her Excell… https://t.co/e9Pt8o3jKX
  • RT @gavi: Community health workers & clinical supervisors are fundamental to improve access to primary health services @LastMileHealth & @…
  • RT @rajpanjabi: “Across Liberia, nearly all villages elect one or more CHWs as part of a national programme to improve access to healthcare…
  • RT @SkollFoundation: In many parts of the world, living more than an hour’s walk from a health clinic can be a death sentence. @lastmilehea…
  • RT @VirginUnite: Eyea is a @LastMileHealth clinical supervisor. She travels long distances to ensure community health workers are deliverin…
  • During Savior Mendin's first job as a nurse, she became passionate about the role of #communityhealth in bridging t… https://t.co/Nu4KrJ5wcW
  • RT @SegalFoundation: Do you dig data? Have you used your #storytelling and analytical skills to improve organizations’ #strategy and #impac…
  • RT @TheElders: We applaud Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for championing FREE PHC-led universal health coverage in #Liberia, Africa and across the w…
  • RT @VirginUnite: Read a new blog by our partners @LastMileHealth and @Living_Goods, through @TheAudaciousPrj, highlighting #CommunityHealth
  • Last week, Liberian #communityhealthworker Ruth Tarr spoke at the Global Conference on Primary Healthcare in… https://t.co/y84FpbyE8M
  • RT @UNICEF_Liberia: A #UNICEF supported community health assistant provides malaria medications for a 10 month old #child in Maryland Count…
  • RT @TheElders: We are delighted to announce Mary Robinson has been appointed as new Chair of The Elders. Read more: https://t.co/kdgIputShi
  • RT @devex: Mark Smolinski of @SkollGlobal emphasizes the need to incorporate local people into any response. https://t.co/OH0NOft5jj
  • Due to the incredible work of community health workers and clinical supervisors, more than 707,000 people now have… https://t.co/GdqCklsIJk