A new cause by Raj Panjabi, 2017 TED Prize Winner, added to the app
December 7, 2016
December 7, 2016
“Save Lives in the World’s Most Remote Villages” is the name of the cause by 2017 TED prize winner, Raj Panjabi of Last Mile Health – an organization that trains and equips people to become health care workers and provide health services for their communities in Liberia.
Meet Dr. Raj Panjabi. He’s a Harvard Medical School instructor, a doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a TIME 100 Most Influential People honoree for his work on Ebola in rural Liberia, and the 2017 winner of the TED Prize. Every year since 2005, the nonprofit TED has issued an annual prize, providing honorees with $1 million to accomplish their “wish”—a powerful, world-changing idea of their choosing. Previous honorees include Bono and chef Jamie Oliver. “I feel shocked and humbled,” says Panjabi, whose ultimate goal is to provide medical care to “everyone, everywhere, every day.”
When he was 9, Panjabi, fled civil war in his home country of Liberia to the United States. He returned to Liberia in 2005 as a doctor and used funds he received as a wedding gift to launch Last Mile Health, an organization that trains and equips people to become health care workers and provide for their communities in Liberia. When Panjabi arrived in Liberia in 2005, there were only 51 doctors to serve nearly its 4 million people. Today, thanks in large part to his work, the country has hundreds of health workers and is on its way to training and employing over 4,000. In 2016, Last Mile Health’s community health workers conducted over 42,000 patient visits, including treatment of 22,000 cases of malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea in children.
“There is so much to be done”, says Panjabi. “Being a physician taught me that we are not defined by the crises in our lives. We are defined by how we respond.” Currently, 1 billion people worldwide live without access to health care because they live too far away from clinics and physicians—a gap Last Mile Health aims to narrow. “The healthier we keep our communities, the more productive they will be. Morally, it’s the right thing to do.”
Now, you can also make a diffrence and support this cause by donating in our app. Last Mile Health was founded in 2007 to ensure access to healthcare for all people living in remote areas. Exclusively targeting last mile communities – defined as being more than 5km from the nearest health clinic – it recruits, trains, equips, manages and pays professionalized community health workers (CHWs) to deliver high-quality care to their own communities. The care provided ensures that people living in remote areas have access to the healthcare they need to end preventable deaths.