After proving a 25% drop in child mortality, Living Goods commits to rapidly expand its reach to over seven million people in Africa
For immediate release // Sept 29, 2015
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NEW YORK – Today, at the annual Clinton Global Initiative, Living Goods Founder and President Chuck Slaughter, who was accompanied by Chelsea Clinton, committed to dramatically scale the reach of Living Goods’ proven community health entrepreneur platform to serve over 7 million people in need across Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Myanmar.
Living Goods and its partners—BRAC, PSI and CARE,— will build ‘Avon-inspired’ networks of Community Health Promoters who go door-to-door teaching families how to improve their health and wealth, and selling life-changing products like simple treatments for malaria and diarrhea, safe delivery kits, fortified foods, clean cook stoves, and solar lights. Health Promoters treat childhood diseases, support healthy pregnancies and newborns, improve young child nutrition, and refer acute patients to qualified facilities. By combining the best practices from business and public health, Living Goods dramatically lowers child mortality AND creates livelihoods for thousands of enterprising women.
A recent randomized study shows the model reduces under-five mortality by over 25%, at a cost of less than $2 per person reached – an unbeatable value in public health. The revenue this hybrid model generates pays for the drugs, provides income for the agents, and covers much of the distribution costs.
Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda of Uganda said “Living Goods solves two of our biggest operational and financial challenges in the health sector: How to keep vital medicines in stock and how to compensate and retain community health workers.”
Living Goods aims to reach 50 million people in the next years with its innovative sustainable model. To achieve that vision the organization is helping others learn from and adapt its proven model. Dozens of organizations have already asked for help. This will enable the biggest funders of public health achieve the greatest return—measured in lives saved—for their limited resources.
Living Goods committed to three goals at The Clinton Global Initiative:
- Living Goods and BRAC, its partner in Uganda, will scale their Community Health Promoter platform in Uganda fivefold from 1,200 to 6,645 to reach 5 million people.
- Working closely with the government, Living Goods will grow their Kenya network to 1,800 Health Promoters, reaching more than 1.5 million people.
- Living Goods will work with partners to replicate this impact in two countries, starting with CARE in Zambia and PSI in Myanmar. Other priority countries for replication include Ghana, Nigeria, and India.
Chuck Slaughter: “With compelling proof our impact in hand and an exceptional value proposition, Living Goods is aiming for change at systemic scale. To achieve that we employ an open source strategy that will help visionary NGOs, funders, and governments replicate the Living goods model around the world. We are looking for forward thinking partners and funders to expand this model across Africa and Asia ”
Some of the most visionary philanthro-capitalists back Living Goods, including Chris Hohn of The Children’s Investment Foundation, The Omidyar Network, the UBS Foundation, and Elma Philanthropies.
Anne Veneman, former Executive Director of UNICEF says, “Living Goods is at the forefront of a new movement in global health.”
Living Goods President Chuck Slaughter is available for interviews at The Clinton Global Initiative. More information about Living Goods is available at www.livinggoods.org.