25 January 2018, Davos. Exclusive details on a new partnership between Last Mile Health and Living Goods to scale up their work in Africa by 50,000 community health workers.
The panel during the session, "Press Conference: A New Partnership to Deliver Last-Mile-Healthcare." From left to right: Georg Schmitt, head of corporate affairs at the World Economic Forum; Katherine Milligan, head of Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Raj Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health; Chuck Slaughter, founder of Living Goods; and Hubertus Kuelps, group head of communications and branding at UBS. Photo by: Sandra Blaser / World Economic Forum / CC BY-NC-SA
A coalition of partners from philanthropy and business are committing $50 million to support these two social entrepreneurs to deploy 50,000 community health workers to provide digitally enabled, door-to-door care to 35 million people. And as Panjabi and Slaughter continue to fundraise in Davos and beyond, and prepare to scale their work to three other African countries, they hope to demonstrate how technology can reinvent community health care at scale.
This disruption is very similar to the disruptions we’re seeing in so many sectors,” Slaughter said, explaining that virtually every other sector has been reinvented by mobile technology, and it is time for health to go through a similar reinvention. “Where mobile is coming in, it’s shifting power from institutions to individuals.”
According to a report from the World Bank and World Health Organization released last month, at least half of the world’s population cannot access essential health services, and there is a shortage of health care workers. Also, Mental disorders impose an enormous disease burden on societies throughout the world. Depression alone affects 350 million persons and is the single largest contributor to years lived with disability globally.
IBM Research says that by 2022 a mobile device will be able to listen to speech patterns using Text Analysis Algorithms and in an instant predict and monitor Depression and Psychosis.
By Jeremy Farrar, Paul Stoffels