Healthcare for the hard-to-reach is #Solvable | Dr. Raj Panjabi

Healthcare for the hard-to-reach is #Solvable | Dr. Raj Panjabi



One of our great challenges, is, how do we make available
the best of modern healthcare to every last person on earth? A key part of the solution
to that will be hiring, training, and equipping a global army of community health
workers who go door to door to bring health care within
reach of their neighbors. In every village and every town, in every corner of the world. I'm Raj Panjabi. I'm a physician and the CEO of Last Mile Health. For all of human history,
illness has been universal and access to health care has not. Half the world, 3.7
billion people, lack access to essential health services and we face a massive
shortage of health workers. If nothing more is done, by 2030 we will see that the
world is short 18 million health worker just to
meet basic needs. So we need a radically
different approach. The future of global health
requires us investing in local women and men
who are the neighbors of the patients we want to serve. Training them to be part of the team with nurses and doctors. I was just in Liberia,
in the middle of the rainforest community called, Gboe. It's 12 hours away from
the nearest hospital and the nearest clinic. For nearly an entire
century, this community went without any
access to health care. They were thought too hard to reach or too difficult to serve. Agnes, a ninth grade
educated person, she had dropped out of
school cause her parents couldn't afford the school fees, was trained in six months by a nurse and the 30 essential services
that her community needs, she was equipped with the
medical equipment she needs, she equipped with a smart phone and Agnes and a dozen of
her neighbors were the first ever health workers
in that community. I think there's a world
that we can imagine where every young girl and young boy and their families have
access to decent, good medical care right at their doorstep. Our former President in Liberia,
Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, once said that if your
dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough. But we, nonetheless, pursue them because the cause itself,
the dream itself is so important.

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