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

  • #HealthForAll can be the legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic -- if we invest in community health workers and the system… https://t.co/BnjOnJ5H0O
  • RT @SkollFoundation: Read the most recent piece by @Virgin's Natalie Clarkson on how #SkollAwardee @LastMileHealth is bridging the healthca…
  • RT @FHWCoalition: "Many times women have hidden themselves in cocoons because, to them, it was normal to work with very little or no pay at…
  • RT @ClintonGlobal: #CommitmentMaker @lastmilehealth committed to partnering with ministries of health in Liberia, Ethiopia, & Sierra Leone…
  • Last Mile Health's Dr. Ruth Diriba in a @BBCNews article on Ethiopian women in science: "My biggest achievement was… https://t.co/RjGsnstwQb
  • RT @GaviSeth: Vaccination blind spots leave millions of children vulnerable and functionally invisible to health systems. Reaching #zerodos…
  • RT @VirginUnite: Each year, nearly nine million die of preventable causes, simply because of where they live. @lastmilehealth is on a missi…
  • RT @chw_impact: 41 CEOs & senior leaders of #GlobalHealth orgs, who are also @chw_impact Members & Allies, urge @GawandeUSAID @USAIDGH @USA…
  • What happens when community health workers receive quality training? “They can work better, provide quality service… https://t.co/CilqibIj2I
  • #GivingTuesday may be over, but the opportunity to invest in community health workers who go the distance for their… https://t.co/HSihmeYUKB
  • RT @JNJGlobalHealth: "Despite countless public health threats, Liberians have emerged as global leaders in community health." @lastmilehe…
  • RT @DrPacoRG: The future of #CommunityHealth in #Africa is bright! This week I had the honor to facilitate an Advocacy & Political Strate…
  • "The world will not be able defeat AIDS while reinforcing patriarchy. The only effective route map to ending AIDS a… https://t.co/HTzoqyQW8A
  • Our founders launched Liberia’s first rural, public HIV treatment program 15 years ago, fueled by the belief that n… https://t.co/GYJPupgnbz
  • RT @GlobalFund: "On #WorldAIDSDay, we must recommit to extending the HIV response to all those at risk, especially the communities left fur…
  • This Giving Tuesday, we're elevating peer organizations working to realize gender equality in health. We hope you'l… https://t.co/LUa1sq2rgJ
  • "Community members trust their neighbors who are providing care more than strangers who come from distant health fa… https://t.co/hzrl6UFcA2
  • RT @UN_Women: 📣Today, we call upon EVERYONE to play a part in ending violence against women and girls EVERYWHERE. Join us this #16Days of…
  • "My source of strength and satisfaction is to see my community members happy," says Workinesh Getachew, a community… https://t.co/yvpMJKABj5
  • RT @FinancingAllian: Our amazing partner @lastmilehealth is seeking to recruit for a Comms Manager for the @Frontline1st Initiative. An exc…