Defeating Childhood Diseases

Watch to see how Ugandan CHW Scovia is working to ensure children receive uninterrupted care despite COVID-19

Millions of children die every year because they lack access to medicines that cost less than a few dollars. Living Goods trains and supports community health workers to educate families to prevent the leading causes of child mortality: malaria, diarrheal disease, and pneumonia, including education about water, sanitation, proper nutrition, and ensuring families seek care promptly when children are sick. When a child falls ill, CHWs provide prompt diagnosis and treatment using our smartphone app, and several simple questions reliably guide CHWs to an accurate diagnosis. The app sends automatic daily text reminders to ensure patients complete the full course of treatment and also flags acute cases for immediate referral to a qualified facility. CHWs follow up on referrals within 48 hours to ensure the patients received proper care. We focus on children under five–particularly newborns and children under one–who are typically at greatest risk. Some CHWs also sell low-cost, high impact health products, such as treated bed nets to prevent malaria and water filters to stop the spread of diarrheal disease.

Watch our Smart Health app at work with our pneumonia diagnostic workflow.

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Burkina Faso Launches Second Phase of the BIRCH Project to Strengthen the Community Health System

July 9, 2024

The BIRCH2 project is expected to span over three years and make significant contributions to strengthening community health in Burkina Faso.

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Living Goods Launches Second Learning Site in Burkina Faso’s Manga District

June 12, 2024

The launch of this project in Manga marks a significant milestone for the implementation of digital health solutions in Burkina Faso.

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CHWs are Instrumental in Managing Malaria Cases at the Household Level

May 23, 2024

Out of the 2,190 CHWs in the county, more than 96% have already been digitized and enrolled on the national eCHIS platform.

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Bridging the Gap: Community Health Workers Leading the Fight Against Malaria

April 24, 2024

According to the World Health Organization, 249 million cases of malaria were reported globally in 2022, with 94% of all cases and 95% of deaths (608,000) from the African region, burdening 85 countries

Update

Living Goods’ 2023 Year-End Report

February 19, 2024

In 2023, we entered the second year of our 5-year strategic plan. Our plan centers on supporting governments in strengthening their community health systems by digitizing, skilling, supplying, supervising, and paying CHWs—to scale community health more sustainably. Read to learn more about our work.

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