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• What is it?
Last Mile Health is a social justice organization partnering with rural
communities and the Liberian government to advance in healthcare.
• Targeted in Liberia
• Trains people in Liberia as frontline doctors
• In March 2007, Raj Panjabi and fellow Liberian
refugees in Zwedru partnered with the Liberian
government and American health professionals to
launch Last Mile Health.
Rajesh Panjabi, Executive Director
Joshua Albert, Country Director
Benjamin Grant, Director of Operations
Peter Luckow, Chief Operating Officer
Lisha McCormick, Director of Partnerships &
Jean Bosco Niyonzima, Medical Director
• Helped lives of women and children in remote villages by giving the
healthcare workers there the training that they need.
• Tackling the top five diseases that cause preventable deaths in mothers and
• Brings the doctors right to the doorsteps of the villagers
• By 2017, Last Mile Health and its partners will expand to
deliver high-quality, dignified care to 150,000 Liberians in
last mile villages.
• Over 250,000 women a year in Africa die
during childbirth; a woman in Kenya is 100
times more likely to die while giving birth than
her cousin in Europe.
• They die at home and in unequipped
facilities — from post-partum bleeding,
infections, and botched abortions by
• Founded by Nick Pearson in Kenya in 2010
Nick was working for Acumen Fund investing in
businesses in Kenya and had seen both the dramatic need for
better healthcare and the opportunity to improve health
systems in low-resource setting.
He quit his original Job at Global Venture Fund
Acumen after hearing a story from his wife and founded the
organization. So he set out to launch Jacaranda Health and
bring business savvy and scalability to maternal health.
Mission: Working to improve
maternal and newborn health
in East Africa
• Involve patients in design, and draw from proven global clinical interventions
• Train midwives for clinical excellence and patient respect
• Build trust with prenatal care via mobile vans and community partners
• Communicate with patients and help them save for delivery with mobile
phones; track referrals and complications with electronic medical records.
• Deliver safe maternity and obstetric services in small, comfortable clinics.