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
Co-Founder & CEO: Ari Johnson
Health
Location of work: International, Africa
Muso
San Francisco, CA
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 2018 study in BMJ Global Health documented that the areas where Muso works in peri-urban Mali have achieved and sustained the lowest rates of child death in sub-Saharan Africa, five years running.

In 2019, Muso operated nine sites across two regions of Mali, supported 381 CHWs, and provided care to 350,000 patients through 143,110 clinic visits and 1,446,488 home visits.

In 2019, Mali’s government announced a health care reform to take many of the interventions tested with Muso to a national scale and serve Mali’s 19M citizens, with Muso providing intensive support for this plan.

Muso has now signed a partnership agreement with the government of Côte d’Ivoire to provide technical assistance to their national community health plan, which is intended to reach 24M people.

  • "It's time for us as health care providers to stop waiting for our patients behind the walls of hospitals. It's tim… https://t.co/4zevRLJjju
  • In 2020, Muso and the Malian government collaborated to ensure that patients living in Yirimadio and Tori have acce… https://t.co/NCcBtGb9ra
  • The pandemic has delayed many people in accessing health care, and health providers are starting to see the consequ… https://t.co/LLqnmgD6i1
  • #CHWAIM is an evidence-based, easy-to-use tool for designing and investing in high-performing #CHW programs. Learn… https://t.co/IQyjBuBbT9
  • "The role of Community Health Workers in COVID-19 vaccination" guide published by @WHO and @UNICEF with contributi… https://t.co/G3hlzgKyxc
  • Muso's quarterly newsletter is out now, featuring Muso's Côte d'Ivoire expansion and newly published studies by Mus… https://t.co/6AmlV93IQN
  • RT @isaacholeman: We're looking for a senior researcher to lead the data science portfolio at Medic Labs! Will work with wonderful people @…
  • As Muso embarks on a new partnership with Côte d'Ivoire's government, our team is delivering essential care, conduc… https://t.co/D6eOdxZBtW
  • As part of our efforts to begin our operational research expansion into Côte d'Ivoire, Muso has secured in-country… https://t.co/PdT9Yt9X1h
  • Muso & our government partners have worked together for over a decade, designing health systems to cure delay. In 2… https://t.co/FtTUvcKxHj
  • It's #WorldImmunizationWeek! Muso supports global efforts for the equitable distribution of vaccines and celebrates… https://t.co/6Kt7FCEWks
  • At Muso, we have remained focused on our primary commitment: caring for patients with exceptional speed. In 2020 we… https://t.co/mTrrPX4tmY
  • Muso and our academic research partners have published a new study in the journal "Tropical Medicine & Internationa… https://t.co/G0reyrXFPB
  • Read a new piece in the Stanford Social Innovation Review from @mulagostarr, our partner at @MulagoFound, illustrat… https://t.co/ZKuM8MVQHw
  • Watch Muso CEO Ari Johnson speak on patient-centered funding practices in "The Future of Philanthropy" at… https://t.co/6OdhYQ13aC