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Putting Communities at the Heart of the Primary Health Conversation

By Crystal Lander, Director of Advocacy  When the global community renewed its commitment to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) we made a promise to secure health access for all and to prioritize hard-to-reach populations. Community health programs are well positioned to serve these populations and are critical for countries to achieve UHC. Yet, despite decades […]

Accountability Key to Sustaining Frontline Health Worker Successes

By Living Goods’ Nayantara Watsa for the Frontline Health Workers Coalition Frontline health workers require the support of strong health systems to thrive and improve the lives of those they serve. Conversely, health systems and their associated governments require a robust community health workforce that can deliver the services that resource-poor public health facilities often […]

The ERP Digitization Journey for Living Goods

Part 1: Building the Foundation By Alfred Wise, Director of Strategic Growth Initiatives Note:  I wanted to share some key insights gleaned from setting up an Enterprise Resource Planning system and digitizing the operations of Living Goods in two posts, with a focus on documenting all the things I wish I had known before we […]

Ensuring Equitable Service Delivery

By Brad Presner, Director of Analytics, Living Goods Although my colleagues and I have long believed that Living Goods was doing a good job of expanding access to health care in the poorest communities, in reality, we struggled to prove that with any empirical certainty. And so, when I first learned about Metrics for Management’s […]

Community health workers lifesaving duty to new mothers

By Edwine Omondi Ouma and Taylor Capizola Violet and Milka are two Kenyan mothers who have used nutrition and education to provide a healthy foundation for their infant children, and it is thanks to services provided by Living Goods’ community health workers (CHWs). Dedicated CHWs, like Madam Evelyn Nanjala in Kenya, go door to door to […]

Community health workers key to solving community-wide epidemics

By Edwine Omondi Ouma & Taylor Capizola Penina Kerubo, a Living Goods community health worker (CHW), usually spent her days going door-to-door in Mokumbo, Kenya, educating and treating mothers, families, and children. While she mainly focused on treating individual cases of malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea, she never expected she’d have to save her entire community. But […]

Welcoming Liz Jarman as our New CEO!

  We have some truly exciting and important news: We have a new leader who is going to take Living Goods to great new heights! In May, the Living Goods Board of Directors announced they had selected our outstanding colleague Liz Jarman as our next Chief Executive Officer, moving our organization’s top leadership from San Francisco to our […]

The blended financing road to UHC must go through the community

This blog post was co-written by Living Goods and Katey Linskey of Last Mile Health. The 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) was Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus’ first as the Director General of the World Health Organization. As expected, expectations were high, and the conversation around the World Health Organization’s (WHO) main theme—Universal Health Coverage (UHC)—was serious and solution-driven. Though there […]

You can’t have universal health coverage without the community

By Rita Bulusu UHC is the acronym du jour – everyone is talking about how to achieve universal health coverage. But, it’s no surprise that there’s no simple solution. Like any other initiative in history that has successfully created radical change, UHC will require political will, the right people to be allocated sufficient resources, and scaling relatively […]

Empowering 50,000 Community Health Workers with Digital Tools by 2021: Living Goods and Last Mile Health Revealed Plans for The Audacious Project at annual TED Conference

[VANCOUVER, April 11, 2018] It was revealed today that a joint initiative between Living Goods and Last Mile Health – two organizations working to make healthcare available to all through mobile technology – is part of the first class of The Audacious Project. Replacing what was formerly known as the TED Prize, which annually provided […]