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Living Goods Partners with USAID to Improve Health Care in Kenya

BY Living Goods • October 20, 2016

Mother and baby in Busia, Western Kenya

We’re very excited to share that Living Goods been awarded $5 million from the Development Innovations Ventures (DIV) program at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand our growth in Kenya—providing more families with affordable, high-quality health care and services. Read more in this USAID press release issued on Thursday.

"We are proud to support Living Goods’ game-changing model that empowers health entrepreneurs while delivering affordable, quality, community-based healthcare to the communities that need it most," said Ann Mei Chang, USAID’s Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab.

Since 2015, Living Goods has worked closely with the national and county government of Kenya to recruit, train, and support over 400 Community Health Promoters to date. Funding from DIV will catalyze growth as we seek to reach over two million people across Kenya, collaborate with NGO partners, governments, and funders to expand and adapt the model in other countries, and advocate for stronger support and financing for community health.

We are proud to support Living Goods’ game-changing model that empowers health entrepreneurs while delivering affordable, quality, community-based healthcare to the communities that need it most.

According to the World Health Organization, Kenya is facing a “critical” health shortage, with only 13 doctors, nurses, and midwives per population of 10,000—well below the minimum threshold required to deliver essential child and maternal health services. Community health workers play a critical role in strengthening health systems and connecting families life-saving health services and education. Living Goods’ community health deliver model—which demonstrated a 27 percent decrease in under-five child mortality in Uganda—can help play an instrumental role in filling this gap and saving thousands of lives.

Inspired by venture capital funds, DIV’s three-stage funding model invests comparatively small amounts to test new stage one and stage two innovations. For innovations that demonstrate promise of impact at scale, DIV provides additional funding and hands-on support. Living Goods is one of only four stage three awardees to date.

We’re honored to join DIV’s portfolio of progressive and results-driven organizations including Muso, D-REV, and Dispensers for Safe Water. This partnership will help demonstrate impact at scale and support large-scale advocacy efforts to transform the way community health is delivered across the globe.




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