Model & Strategy

Globally, 5.9 million children died in 2014 before their 5th birthday – most from diseases with known means of prevention and treatment. Muso is building a scalable global model for stopping preventable deaths in the world’s poorest communities.  Muso creates ultra-rapid health systems, optimized to save lives by reaching patients early in the course of their illness. Community health workers and community member search for patients through door-to-door home visits in order to connect them with health care early.  Community health workers also provide a package of life-saving health care services in home during these visits.  Muso removes point-of-care fees, builds infrastructure and trains staff so that government clinics can provide universal, early access to care.

At a Glance
Founded: 2005
Health
Location of work: International, Africa
Muso
3254 19th St, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94110
Health can’t wait.
Ari Johnson of Muso
Meet Ari Johnson

Ari Johnson is a physician and Assistant Professor in the division of Global Health Sciences at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Muso’s co-founders, as researchers in Mali, found themselves attending the funerals of babies and young mothers weekly, and accompanying their Malian neighbors as they struggled and often failed to access health care.  It was out of these experiences that they founded Muso. Initially run by volunteers out of a converted storage closet, Muso is now a rapidly growing organization, building a scalable model and achieving global impact. Trained at Harvard, Brown, and UCSF, Ari is a Goldwater Scholar, winner of the McIlwain Award, the 2014 UCSF Global Service Award, the 2014 UCSF Innovation Challenge and the Harvard Presidential Scholars Public Service Award.

IMPACT

A 2013 Harvard/UCSF study noted a 10X difference in the rate of under-5 child mortality in Muso’s area of intervention.

By the end of 2016, Muso launched its first rural site, trained 406 Community Health Workers and provided care through 246,852 clinic visits and 1,846,849 home visits.

  • RT @FHWCoalition: "As countries work to make community health workers frontline in their health systems, a new effort is underway to standa…
  • Muso's Global Partnerships Manager Stephanie Rapp was in Geneva this month for the #RollBackMalaria Case Management… https://t.co/LHDxuB4bxY
  • Muso co-founded and participates in @chw_impact to harness collaborative practitioner expertise, working with our p… https://t.co/XMYLfRi3Kn
  • RT @IGHSatUCSF: Our systems are failing to deliver services where they are most needed - Ari Johnson of @MusoHealth at @IGHSatUCSF Grand Ro…
  • Several failed national CHW scale-up efforts in sub-Saharan Africa share a common weakness: #CHWs received infreque… https://t.co/6aowaD0805
  • RT @chw_impact: What does it look like to harness radical collaboration for #communityhealth? Click to learn how funders, implementers, &…
  • RT @chw_impact: The promise of #CHWs to help achieve #UHC has yet to be realized. But it can be. Together our voices are stronger, our reso…
  • Together we must rise to an immense global imperative, scaling effective health care systems to ensure universal he… https://t.co/j3LHEG5Npz
  • RT @possiblehealth: YES to our friends at @MusoHealth on emphasizing paid, trained, supported #CHW networks as a key building block to impr…
  • Muso CEO Ari Johnson and Chief Medical Officer Jessica Beckerman are at the @MulagoFound Health Summit this week, g… https://t.co/xgHAFuLLic
  • RT @kristingilliss: In #Mali, ⁦@MusoHealth⁩ achieved a child death rate equal to that in the United States. The death of a child should be…
  • RT @kristingilliss: Ari Johnson ⁦@MusoHealth⁩ CEO kicks off our day focused on #primarycare by highlighting core principles of high impact…
  • Muso CEO and UCSF Assistant Professor Ari Johnson is speaking in @IGHSatUCSF's Grand Rounds next week. Watch the ev… https://t.co/RwmLSoM1HD
  • In Q4, Muso CHWs and clinicians detected a new measles outbreak in the peri-urban areas we serve, and are now worki… https://t.co/n4qsjKj0Qy
  • Muso has come together with a group of global health organizations to collaborate on the Community Health Toolkit,… https://t.co/xxmM1dWmpJ
  • Oumou Niaré's favorite part of being a Muso CHW is her door-to-door household visits: every day she makes her round… https://t.co/cGW6ZJuCxh
  • Muso’s Q4 2018 quarterly impact report is out! Learn about last quarter’s challenges, successes, and partnerships f… https://t.co/Upow4tR2Fk
  • RT @chw_impact: You won't regret it! Founding Coalition member, @MusoHealth has achieved the lowest child mortality rate in sub-Saharan Afr…
  • After Muso’s proactive model launched in communities Muso serves, malaria treatment for children doubled. From 2008… https://t.co/sMvJZekzD2