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Opinion: Richard Branson on why philanthropists should club together

To bring about radical change, sometimes you have to be audacious. Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Unite discusses the importance of Living Goods' new partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and Last Mile Health through the Audacious Project. Through this partnership, we will help bring immunization referral and counselling services to those who need it most. 

Kenya: Free Medical Scheme Pilot Project Gathers Steam in Four Counties

Kenya's National Hospital Insurance Fund seeks to provide high-quality health insurance to all Kenyans over the age of 18. In Isiolo, at least 40,000 households are set to benefit from the scheme. In Isiolo, the household-based registration for the medical cover will be facilitated by Living Goods, who will serve as a registration agent.

Cisco In An Increasingly Hostile World Creates Bridge Between Hope And Possibility

Cisco’s CMO Karen Walker is also stepping up and she just launched a campaign called “The Bridge Between Hope and Possibility”. The campaign focuses on specific Cisco large scale transformative deployments. These include Living Goods mHealth work in Kenya & Uganda.

Innovative Partnership between Living Goods and Kenya’s Isiolo County Government to Transform Access to and Quality of Community Health Care

Living Goods and Kenya’s Isiolo County government have just signed a four-year partnership that will vastly expand the access local families have to community-based primary health care services. Through this effort, co-funded by both entities, Living Goods will be responsible for managing all community health services within Isiolo county, with a focus on ameliorating the most easily treatable yet deadly health issues that affect mothers and children under age 5.

Blessings in the form of local health workers

Kenya's Daily Nation addresses the critical role of community health workers, including those supported by Living Goods, and how they are bridging healthcare gaps by providing lifesaving primary care in Kisii County.

Contraception: A Poverty Intervention Powerhouse

The Life You Can Save wrote about our new pilot program launched last year to expand family planning education and access to modern contraceptive methods through our CHW network. 

Health workers selling simple cures door-to-door are saving lives

"...Wearing a Living Goods T-shirt and cap, each [community health worker] covers about 100 households, offering basic health care and referring any serious cases or illnesses outside their expertise to local health facilities. They carry a kit with a thermometer to check for fevers, measuring tape to track a newborn’s growth, and a smartphone with diagnosis and pregnancy guideline apps."

Podcast: Motivating Community Health Workers with Liz Jarman

In this episode of Finding Impact Podcast, FIP spoke with our very own CEO, Liz Jarman, about how to motivate a network of community health workers whilst ensuring real-time performance management through their health mobile phone app.

Delivering child health interventions through the private sector in low and middle income countries: challenges, opportunities, and potential next steps

Universal health coverage requires both the public and private sectors to ensure quality, equity, and efficiency in health systems, say Phyllis Awor and colleagues. Private health providers are an important source of treatment for common childhood illnesses in low and middle-income countries. Two other franchised networks, Living Goods (based in the USA) and the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) are using the iCCM strategy within the private sector in Uganda and Kenya. Working through a network of mainly female community health promoters, the franchised networks use a non-profit entrepreneurial delivery model where the community health promoters earn a margin on product sales and performance-based incentives.

New initiative to bring vaccination to over 8 million people across AfricaMillions of people living in remote areas across Liberia, Uganda, and Kenya will get support to access lifesaving vaccines thanks to a new partnership between Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, The Audacious Project, Last Mile Health and Living Goods.
Podcast: Using Apps and Data to Fight Disease in the Developing World

Chuck Slaughter was featured in Business of Giving. He speaks of Living Goods, our "unusual" but effective approach to healthcare, and of our recent mHealth initiatives. Click to listen!

Ten Reasons Not to Measure Impact—and What to Do Instead

Impact evaluations are an important tool for learning about effective solutions to social problems, but they are a good investment only in the right circumstances. In the meantime, organizations must build an internal culture in which the right data are regularly collected, analyzed, and applied to manage implementation and improve programs.

How mobile tech is improving healthcare for some of the world’s most remote communities

The Guardian covers the recent accomplishments of Living Goods, including our participation in the Skoll World Forum and our newly develop app for community health workers. 

TED has launched a $250 million project to model ‘what an IPO for the nonprofit world might look like’

Business Insider covers the recent launch of TED's Audacious Project, including the newly announced joint initiative between Living Goods and Last Mile Health, working to make healthcare available to all through mobile technology and community health workers. 

New $250M Audacious Project from TED announces first recipients

Devex highlights the recent launch of TED's Audacious Project, a collaboration between funders who have pooled their resources to raise over $250 million to scale up new and innovative ideas. 

TED Launches The Audacious Project, Awarding $250M to New Crop of Social Entrepreneurs

Barron's PENTA covers the recent launch of TED's Audacious Project, including the newly announced joint initiative between Living Goods and Last Mile Health, working to make healthcare available to all through mobile technology and community health workers. 

Community Health Worker: ‘It Is God Who Gives Me The Strength’

Read this engaging NPR Goats and Soda blog about Consolata Agunga, a Living Goods Community Health Worker who works to help 700 of her neighbors gain vital access to heathcare at their doorsteps. Living Goods' Director of mHealth Partnerships, Caroline Mbindyo, joins the conversation. 

From Sainsbury’s to Community Health StrategyLiz Jarman shares her journey of moving from a successful career in food retailing to becoming the Chief Strategy Officer for Living Goods.
Enough Innovation Already!Here’s an example of a replicator putting in what it takes: Living Goods is a well-known social venture that fields an Avon Lady-like network of dynamic village community health promotors. These promotors sell health products (including malaria and pneumonia treatments) door-to-door, doing health education and making clinic referrals all the while.
Finance Alliance for Health Launches On-Stage at Clinton Global Initiative!

This week, Living Goods Founder Chuck Slaughter joined an impressive group of global health leaders at the Clinton Global Initiative to announce the launch of the Financing Alliance for Health.

Micro-franchising: helping the world’s poor climb out of poverty

Who would have thought that franchises could hold the key to stimulating local economies? 

Expanding the Reach of Primary Care in Developing Countries

"A 2003 Lancet study reported that 63% of child deaths in the 42 countries that account for 90% of global child mortality could be prevented each year through more effective primary care. That is 6 million lives – 100 football stadiums of children – that could be saved each year"

5 Inventions Created To Prevent The Epidemic Of Maternal Mortality Around The World

"The problem is that one billion people in the developing world lack access to basic health care. This disproportionately affects women and limits their opportunities and ability to care for their families. Living Goods has a solution for delivering basic health care that helps moms and babies not only survive, but also thrive."

My Superhero’s Name is Milly, And She Lives in Uganda

"Milly goes door-to-door selling every day goods and medicines in her hometown district of Kyengera. Kyengera is just outside Kampala, Uganda’s fast growing capital. She diagnoses and treats what could otherwise be debilitating and deadly disease and illness like malaria and diarrhea."

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Social Innovation for Healthcare Delivery in Africa

"Millie Balamu goes from door to door providing life-saving health care for about 200 households in the Wakiso district of Uganda. Villagers call her masawu (“doctor” in the local Luganda language), but she is not a doctor, she is a community health worker."

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Why 2016 Was Actually One of the Best Years on Record"By conventional wisdom, 2016 has been a horrible year. Only someone living in a cave could have missed the flood of disheartening headlines. However, if 2016 continues the global trends of previous years, it may turn out to have been one of the best years for humanity as a whole."
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Serving as a Health Promoter in a Slum"About ten minutes’ drive off the Kampala-Gulu Highway, we arrive in a small village located in Kawempe Division, a Kampala suburb. After minutes of jumping one drainage after the other, we are at last able to penetrate into the jammed dilapidated small houses. They are predominantly residential rentals dotted with lodges and bars."
Health Workers Can be Wildly Successful at Saving Lives When They Have a Profit Motive"The preventable death of children in poor countries remains one of the world’s greatest scourges. Close to 3 million children under the age of five die each year, mainly in the developing world, from diseases that are easily treated."
Living Goods’ Avon-style Model is More Than a Novelty, it Saves Lives"The nonprofit organization Living Goods garnered buzz soon after its 2007 founding. The group’s community health promoters, as the women are called, act as both businesswomen and frontline health workers."
4 Social Enterprises You Should Know About"Over the past several years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of social enterprises—or-profit ventures with social objectives at their core—working to solve some of the world’s most pressing needs."
How Technology is Attracting New Capital to Improve Health Systems"Angela Natukunda, manager for the Masajja, Uganda, branch of Living Goods, recently shared a story of a community health promoter whose door to door experience stuck with her."
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The Innovators: Devices and Services to Improve Maternal and Child Health"From Cameroon’s kangaroo mother care to affordable health insurance in Nigeria."
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Selling Health Door-to-Door"Chuck Slaughter’s organization Living Goods trains workers to teach better health and sell medicine and other products in African villages."
If You Think She Looks Like An Avon Lady, You’re Half Right"In the 1990s Chuck Slaughter built the online clothing retailer, TravelSmith, from a startup to a company with sales in excess of $100 million a year. Then he signed up to be an Avon lady."
Five daring disruptors win US$1.25M each to help them change the world"For centuries, well-intended social workers, governments and institutions have failed to solve the problems of chronic disease, child mortality, prejudice and violence. But now business is having a go — and the successes are piling up."
An ‘Avon-Like’ Approach to Lifesaving Health CareSocial entrepreneur Chuck Slaughter takes a page from the beauty giant’s business model to treat malaria, cut child mortality rates, and more.
Data to the Rescue: Smart Ways of Doing Good"Phones with a specialized app are key to the organization’s approach. When an agent suspects that a customer has malaria or another serious malady, she enters into an app the person’s replies to a series of simple questions. The answers drive an algorithm that helps her make a diagnosis."
These Door-To-Door Drug Deliveries Help Save Lives In Sub-Saharan Africa"If trusted drug stores aren't around, why not have the drug store—and a trained health worker—come to you? One solution to ending deaths from malaria was inspired by the Avon Lady. Malaria isn't hard to treat with the right drugs. But over 1,200 children die from it every day, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa."
Game Changer? Ugandans Buy Life-Saving Drugs Through ‘Avon Lady’ Business Model“For the women themselves the company provides low-cost financing and support, as well an excellent way to supplement the family income. Like the Avon ladies, Sauda Baubidia and her colleagues buy the product at a discount before selling it on at a small profit. Baubidia says working for the company '“has moved [her] from zero to a hero…'”
Expanding Door-to-Door Sales in the Developing World"Living Goods works with sales agents in Uganda and Kenya, but it also advises other organizations — including Population Services International, CARE and BRAC — to scale this model worldwide."
Avon’s Door-to-Door Model Adopted in Uganda“With a $75 loan, women in Uganda are being turned into entrepreneurs… And buying in bulk means these female entrepreneurs can get the products cheaply and cut out the travel costs for their customers.”  
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The Avon of Africa: How Micro-Entrepreneurs Can Fight Poverty“Slaughter was inspired to create Living Goods after learning that Avon, the door-to-door cosmetics sales company, started in rural America in 1876, when villages lacked access to quality goods and women had few job opportunities."
Ding-dong! Living Goods Calling with Life-Changing Products“'Nothing about what we do is a handout,'” Living Goods’ CEO says. “'It’s really about empowerment. It’s about giving people the tools they need to improve on their own…'”
The Best Small Ideas of 2012"New organizations like Living Goods in Uganda help poor people start businesses selling medicines, nutritionally fortified foods, or water filters to villagers who otherwise wouldn’t know about or be able to buy these products."
Harnessing Market Forces to Fight Fake Drugs"For our study, we partnered up with the NGOs BRAC and Living Goods in Uganda, and went door-to-door selling authentic antimalarials at a price 20-25% lower than that prevailing in the local market."
Living Goods Interview at the Omidyar Network Executive Forum"Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the Living Goods model is almost infinitely scaleable and can be applied to almost any good – thus making life easier for any enterprising company with a live changing product looking for a market.”
Responsibility Pioneers: How Companies and Consumers are Changing the World“While charity funds and government aid can be short-term and unpredictable, Living Goods' model offers long-term stability. But the organization's economic impact on Uganda goes beyond empowering new entrepreneurs — it makes the country healthier.”
How Health Care Nonprofit Living Goods Learned a Lesson From Avon Ladies"'We retail a child's dose of malaria medicine for 75 cents," Slaughter says. "For most women, to transport their sick kid to a facility and back costs 75 cents each way. We are cheaper than free.'”
Selling Sisters: Retail in Developing Countries“Now a growing number of women entrepreneurs in poor countries are selling everything from soap and nutrition to medicine and solar lamps. Living Goods, which operates in Uganda, offers a smattering of 70 products, including clean-burning stoves, anti-malarial drugs and toiletries…”
How One Social Enterprise Is Leading the Fight Against Malaria“The more than 1,000 Living Goods agents sell genuine ACTs and other products at a deep discount to the retail price. Now, they are helping other organizations adopt the model…”
The ‘Avon Ladies’ of Africa“Living Goods has a very promising model. It brings goods the poor need to their doorsteps, at below-market prices. Most important, Living Goods is building a business with the potential to sustain itself — it has already hit some important milestones."