It's been an inspiring few weeks. Last Mile Health just returned from Clinton Global Initiativeâ€™s 2013 Annual Meeting, which convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.
At CGI, Last Mile Health unveiled a commitment to partner with the Government of Liberia to bring high quality health care â€“ for the first time â€“ to 150,000 rural Liberians who currently lack access. This commitment mobilizes on the success of our maternal and child health services in Konobo, where villagers are witnessing the transformation of health outcomes as a result of our Frontline Health Worker (FHW) program. Now, Last Mile Health intends to scale this innovative and high-impact model to ten additional health districts in Liberia, which will expand access to 150,000 Liberians.
The week at CGI was truly a transformative one for the last mile. We were met with enthusiasm and support from partners new and old, who all shared a common commitment to save lives in the worldâ€™s most remote villages. Highlights of the week include:
Her Honorable Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf hosted a reception to celebrate our work in Konobo. She lauded the work of our Front Line Health Workers; specifically, she called Alice Johnson, our phenomenal clinical mentor in Konobo, her â€œhero and role model.â€
Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, and Dr. Raj Panjabi, Last Mile Health co-founder and CEO, hosted a well-attended breakfast meeting and spoke with passion, authority, and humanity about our commitment to continue bring advanced, dignified care to the doorsteps of rural Liberians.
Honorable Minister Gwenigale of the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare advocated heartily for our work. Specifically he stated "I'm here for Konobo. Last Mile Health's plan is the plan for our Ministry of Health, for the health of Liberia."
Laura Solia, CGI Health Track Manager, shared pride in our work saying, "What Last Mile Health has done is what CGI is all about. Using this forum to catalyze change has been our goal and Last Mile Health is doing it better than any other NGO I've seen."
At the Global Citizen Music Festival, Dr. Raj Panjabi was presented with the Global Citizen Movement Award for health by Randall Lane, editor-in-chief of Forbes, in front of 60,000 fans in Central Park. Read Randallâ€™s blog post about it here.
This week was all about bringing the last mile to the world. However none of this would have been possible without your support and passion. Together, we are saving lives in the worldâ€™s most remote villages.
Raj Panjabi, MD, MPH
Co-Founder and Executive Director