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
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 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 2018, Muso operated nine sites across two regions of Mali, trained 381 CHWs, and provided care through 123,137 clinic visits and 1,190,693 home visits.

In 2019, Muso will serve a population of more than 350,000 people and support Mali’s national plan to provide 3.4M people with health care.

  • Members of the Muso team have arrived in Côte d'Ivoire and begun work in collaboration with the Ministry of Health… https://t.co/OWwOUdPGyN
  • Missed our Q3 Impact Report? Then you may have missed that Mali has committed to increasing domestic spending on he… https://t.co/Vzv5VpbBHT
  • Supporting the Malian government's commitment to integrating Muso's dedicated supervision approach into the nationa… https://t.co/cnTAG1X2ZW
  • Gain clinical experience abroad: @healinitiative is recruiting a new cohort of fellows, and is launching a new loan… https://t.co/dHSTCzQO2T
  • Muso is hiring a Research Manager, based in Bamako, Mali. Want to share your expertise in health systems and epidem… https://t.co/O3i0gw5eeZ
  • This was a historic quarter at Muso. We anchored our 360 Supervision model in Mali's national health system, establ… https://t.co/h4MVKVm0fk
  • The @NobelPrize in Economic Sciences was recently awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer for… https://t.co/dSjn572c7V
  • Muso is in #Delaware today with business and political leaders to discuss America’s global leadership. Watch… https://t.co/bDqrnprnL9
  • ICYMI: Muso announced a partnership with Côte d'Ivoire's Ministry of Health to support the rollout of dedicated CHW… https://t.co/8eKakTN0S1
  • "This is an emergency, but because it is an emergency that has been unfolding over many years, it doesn't receive m… https://t.co/jLGKADxfCJ
  • Muso is committed to ending preventable deaths based in poverty. Join us as we use evidence-backed strategies to de… https://t.co/bUL46k7aaT
  • "The time for a new model of care in low-resource settings is now." Read the latest impact report from our friends… https://t.co/lPjMUGH3jf
  • Muso is in attendance at the Hilton Humanitarian Symposium today. Congratulations to Hilton Humanitarian Prize winn… https://t.co/IDGrMaSUQz
  • Today's the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. At Muso, we believe every person should have the oppo… https://t.co/KY8QmrJ3rw
  • Muso is excited to be in Nairobi at @COREGroupDC's first regional conference, engaging in important conversations w… https://t.co/gm0nPEIFTx
  • Ever wonder how patient fees prevent health equity? Want to learn more about the design of one of the largest commu… https://t.co/P2SEuTB9gQ
  • Muso’s Chief Operating Officer, Finance Director, and Mali Country Director have joined team members in San Francis… https://t.co/wG3omcwEpx
  • Muso visited @eji_org's Peace and Justice Memorial, designed by our partners at MASS Design Group. MASS & Muso rede… https://t.co/lTZOSipPqJ
  • We come to you today with an exciting announcement marking a new chapter in Muso's work. Muso and the government of… https://t.co/qM5x1m5NIl