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
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.

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

  • Only 25 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across all poor countries, compared to 39 million in weal… https://t.co/59YQKJbFHK
  • RT @rajpanjabi: “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” - Dr Martin Luther King, Jr May all our…
  • RT @UN_Women: On #MLKDay, we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to stand up against: ⛔Racism, ⛔Misogyny, ⛔Prejudice, ⛔Injustice and…
  • When trained & supported to bring #PHC services to the doorsteps of people living far from care, #CHWs like Jerome… https://t.co/Eng30oYf1J
  • RT @JNJGlobalHealth: In Liberia, #CHWs play a vital role in delivering primary health care services for the most under-reached communities.…
  • RT @JimC_HRH: 2021 is the International Year of Health & Care Workers. @WHO's campaign is focused on actions for how the world #Together ca…
  • RT @ResolveTSL: We're proud to release a report on the critical need to protect health care workers, in partnership with organizations dedi…
  • Honoring healthcare workers is not enough—we must work to protect them. A new report from @ResolveTSL & partners ou… https://t.co/XL9PcckJoH
  • In Alaska, the #COVID19 vaccine is heading to remote villages on small planes, water taxis, and even sleds. We mus… https://t.co/0jGi3yxRYV
  • RT @rajpanjabi: Where you are born should not determine how long you live.
  • RT @dongips: We’ve learned so much from Dr. @rajpanjabi since he received the Skoll Award for his work @LastMileHealth and his expertise in…
  • Last Mile Health CEO and co-founder @rajpanjabi is honored to join @SkollFoundation’s Board of Directors. Read more… https://t.co/zITfvEQBAS
  • RT @SkollFoundation: We are proud to announce Dr. @rajpanjabi, CEO of @lastmilehealth, as our newest Board member! Raj brings deep expertis…
  • RT @chw_impact: With #COVID19 cases surging in #Malawi 🇲🇼, Community Health Ambassador @matemba_maziko calls for putting measures in place…
  • The #COVID19 pandemic isn’t over anywhere until it’s over everywhere. Investment in community and frontline healt… https://t.co/UGvvLyDwrn
  • RT @rajpanjabi: Last I checked a map, there is only one world — not three. If you prefer your country is called by its name, then call ot…
  • Is finding a social impact job on your list of New Year’s resolutions? Our team is growing and we’re looking for pe… https://t.co/YfcCKcfPYQ
  • RT @Medic: "Our partnership starts with acknowledging that solving a problem at scale requires a systems-change approach." 💯 Learn about…
  • “COVID-19 is reinforcing a viral apartheid, only the wealthy have access to proper services and treatments.”… https://t.co/JVnqYtYrK4
  • RT @WHO: "Vaccinating #healthworkers and those at high risk of serious disease is the fastest way to stablise health systems, ensure all es…