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
Co-Founder & CEO: Rajesh Panjabi
Current CEO: Lisha McCormick
Health
Location of work: International, Africa
Last Mile Health
Boston, MA
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. Raj currently serves as President’s Malaria Coordinator to lead the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative.

Lisha joined the organization in 2013 as the founding Chief Development Officer, bringing over 20 years of nonprofit management and public health experience. Prior to stepping into the CEO position, she served as LMH’s President & COO.

IMPACT

LMH has supported the MoH and its partners to fully-train and deploy over 3,500 digitally empowered community health and frontline workers across rural Liberia to provide 746,000 people with lifesaving primary healthcare. These CHWs have provided over 2.6 million routine visits across the country since the National Community Health Assistant Program was founded in 2016.

The Community Health Academy’s inaugural leadership course, “Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs to Deliver Primary Health Care” launched in May 2019 and had over 11,600 frontline health workers and health systems leaders from 180 countries enrolled during its course run.

Last Mile Health News

  • RT @chw_impact: Trained, supported, and equipped CHWs not only help prevent pandemics, but also help maintain health service equity and acc…
  • RT @GlobalHealthOrg: #CHWs are critical to health systems but they face many challenges. In our June edition of "In Focus," our member @las…
  • RT @lia_tadesse: My sincere appreciation to @lastmilehealth , @FMoHealth teams, RHBs, and HEWs to make this happen. We will continue to sca…
  • RT @lia_tadesse: The Blended learning implemented in selected woredas for Health Extension Workers using mix of digital & in-person approac…
  • Yesterday our Ethiopia team stood alongside our partners at Ethiopia's Ministry of Health to celebrate a tremendous… https://t.co/5vV7r4hJpZ
  • RT @chw_impact: HAPPENING NOW! Virtual sneak peek event, ‘Service Doesn’t Stop: How Paid & Protected CHWs Continued to Provide Health Servi…
  • RT @MaEllenSirleaf: I am confident we can #EndMalaria within a generation if we invest in the @GlobalFund, support community health workers…
  • Health coverage declined globally due to #COVID19, but in 27 districts across 4 countries, community-delivered heal… https://t.co/fsNzNWAwxi
  • Last Mile Health CEO @Lisha1McCormick's key takeaway from the Blue Knight Symposium: “Fall in love with solving the… https://t.co/robCxhDrhl
  • In Liberia's remote Nyanee District, it takes two days and a costly river crossing to reach the health center. Than… https://t.co/AjiMps3PyA
  • RT @chw_impact: JOIN US on June 23rd @ 3 PM GMT as we share new research on how paid + protected #CHWs maintained #healthcare coverage thro…
  • Last Mile Health is pleased to share our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion roadmap. "This humbling & non-negotiable wo… https://t.co/CaxHQqltDH
  • RT @Tina_McGrath_: “Innovation without equity is inadequate.” – @Lisha1McCormick, CEO of @lastmilehealth at the @JNJInnovation & @BARDA #BL…
  • Community health workers hold a vital role in ensuring medical innovations reach the last mile. Today, at a @JLABShttps://t.co/A2hZX202d6
  • "Community health workers are important because we go where there is no access to health facilities or where an amb… https://t.co/YQQFZcDg2e
  • We've just wrapped up two days of great conversation focused on Last Mile Health's next strategic plan. We're grate… https://t.co/iVvik0ewfX
  • RT @exemplarshealth: Problem: #CHWs are often funded by external donors, resulting in fragmented implementation. Solution: Long-term inve…