For Immediate Release
December 10, 2020
Nairobi, Kenya — Living Goods announced its selection today as an official member of the Million Lives Club, an initiative that celebrates innovators and social entrepreneurs who are scaling impact and improving the lives of those living on less than $5 a day.
Living Goods aims to save lives at scale by supporting digitally empowered community health workers (CHWs). They work with governments and partners to leverage smart mobile technology, rigorously strengthen performance management, and relentlessly innovate to cost-effectively deliver high-quality, impactful health services. The CHWs that Living Goods supports are currently serving about 8.6 million people across Kenya and Uganda. “Saving lives at scale is part of our organizational DNA, and we continue to refine our approaches and partnership with government to advance access to health for all people, no matter where they live,” said Liz Jarman, CEO of Living Goods. She added, “We are proud to be recognized by the Million Lives Club for the impact we’re delivering.”
The Million Lives Club is comprised of three cohorts of innovators and social entrepreneurs who are improving the lives of those living on less than $5 a day:
- MLC Vanguard: Celebrates those who have directly impacted 1,000,000+ clients with their innovations
- MLC Voyager: Recognizes innovations expected to impact 1,000,000+ clients within 18 months
- MLC Pioneer: Highlights innovations that have scaled to meet the needs of 40%+ of their target populations.
The Million Lives Club recognizes the importance of a customer-centric focus in global development and believes that collectively highlighting social innovators that have reached transformative numbers of clients will act as a powerful platform to encourage the uptake and scaling of innovations for good, everywhere.
The Million Lives Club seeks to nurture innovation ecosystems by recognizing innovators and social entrepreneurs whose innovations have scaled to serve 1 million customers, or are rapidly approaching this milestone. The Million Lives Club is an initiative inspired by members of the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) and supported by a growing partnership of leading development organizations. For more information, visit millionlivesclub.org.
Living Goods is pushing the envelope to expand the health services CHWs offer, reach more families with the help of partners, develop new technologies, and pioneer long-term financing mechanisms for community health programs. Living Goods’ focus on learning and innovation will only continue to increase, while also developing and testing initiatives that have the potential to advance community health programming, technology, and financing. The organization is working to significantly expand its technology capacity and services by leveraging its data and analytics to better target high-risk clients and integrate health services in pursuit of innovation. Since community health is less structured and less institutionalized than other aspects of the health system in developing countries, there is enormous potential for technological innovation to spark quantum leaps in its effectiveness through, for example, new diagnostic tools, telemedicine, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics, client participation and feedback, and pay-for-performance financing.
About Living Goods
Living Goods is a non-profit organization that saves lives at scale by supporting digitally empowered community health workers (CHWs) who deliver care on call—making it easy for families in need to get the care they need. Beginning its operations in Uganda in 2007 and expanding into Kenya in 2015, Living Goods works with governments and partners to ensure community health workers have access to the digital technology, medical treatments, supervision and compensation to cost-effectively deliver high quality, impactful health services. At the end of 2019, Living Goods was supporting more than 10,000 CHWs in Kenya and Uganda to deliver care to more than 8 million people. Learn more at www.livinggoods.org