Coronavirus could drive unemployment up to 20%. Underfunded public healthcare systems are overwhelmed. Community health workers could be trained to prevent, detect and respond to the pandemic.
Author: Raj Panjabi
Raj Panjabi is Chief Executive Officer of Last Mile Health and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. At the age of nine, Panjabi escaped a civil war in his home country of Liberia. He returned as a 24 year old medical student to serve the people he had left behind and Co-Founded Last Mile Health. Last Mile Health saves lives in the world’s most remote communities by partnering with governments to design, scale, and advocate for national networks of community health professionals. In 2016, TIME Magazine named Raj in its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” with a tribute from President Bill Clinton. Last Mile Health’s work has been published in the Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and PLoS Medicine and has been featured by TIME, Fortune and Forbes.