Last Mile Health is a charitable organization that saves lives in the most remote villages in Liberia. This organization recruits, trains, equips, supervises, and pays community health workers to deliver quality health care directly to the doorsteps of people living in these remote regions. According to Last Mile Health’s mission, all community health workers that they engage are natives of the communities where they serve who understand their local needs and who are qualified to help bridge the gap between the remote villages and hospitals.
The goal of Last Mile Health is to connect community health workers to rural health clinics to act as networks of primary care providers. This charitable organization aims to bring both jobs and quality health care to remote regions in Liberia. Last Mile trains and employs these local health care workers to provide preventative health consultations, diagnose diseases, and treat leading medical conditions in Liberia. A report in Forbes indicates that by taking quality health care to the doorstep of people who are required to walk for as many as two days to access any medical care, they are transforming access to health services and health outcomes in these regions.
Five goals underpin the Last Mile program. This program targets the poorest and most remote villages, and recruits and empowers any interested villager to serve as a local frontline health care worker. Other goals are to deliver all-inclusive home-based care to children, women, and other disadvantaged individuals and to integrate home-based care with clinical services as the main health care facilities. The program also aims to drive high performance through modern technology-driven training, research studies, and information systems.
Last Mile Health equips former patients and their neighbors to serve as front line health workers to deliver these critical services to communities previously deemed unreachable. The duty of front line health workers is to deliver treatment everyday to sick people and those with untreated diseases. Additionally, they organize beneficiaries of their health care services and women into economic cooperatives like sewing and farm projects and link them to food and forms of social support as well.
Last Mile also partners with government physicians and nurses, training them to support the frontline health workers. It is funded by individuals, families, foundations, and corporations. People who do not have the privilege to serve Last Mile Health as community health workers or frontline health workers for any reason can support by funding their charity programs.