Bringing Healthcare to the People

Bringing Healthcare to the People

– In Africa, there are millions
of people who live out of the reach of healthcare. One out of five children will
not reach the age of five. They will die from malaria, pneumonia, conditions we know how to treat. – It does not have to be that way. – The traditional model
for healthcare is people go to the facility to seek help. With the community health model, we take the services to the people. – The community health
worker is a trusted neighbor. – They go door to door
and provide services that prevent illness. – It is cheap and yet
the impact is immense. – Right now governments
are rewriting their plans for their healthcare systems. Question is, will they do it right? – What it will take is
investing in the last mile, ensuring that every child and family has a community health worker
in their neighborhood or in their village. – Are we going to do what’s
needed to support these community health workers? Will we be as brave as they
are every day in how we design the systems to support them? – Rosaline, how have you been? – I’m okay – All right, are you
ready to go the field? – Yeah – Any pregnant women? – Yeah, there are around four (laughter) – My name is Rosaline,
I’m a mother of three and I’m a community health worker. You deal with each person
the way he or she comes. They know if I become sick
Rosaline is there for me. – There are millions of
people who are looking for meaningful work and they’re
ready to care for and look after their neighbors. We just need to shift our
thinking about who we’re supporting as health workers. – Investing in community
health workers means insuring that they have
the right training. – I go through the training
maybe once every month. We keep on motivating one another (singing) – Imagine being asked to
look after 500 people. You’d probably try to
organize who needs what care and what services. What we try to do is make that all really easy with technology. – The advantage of the
phone is to make sure you don’t make errors. So it guides us. – They have an application
that has profiles for every person and they’re
connected to a clinic with staff that can support them. – We’re co-designing this technology with community health workers
so that community health can be delivered in a completely
different level than before – This is a way of giving
an individual a livelihood and what we have found is
that community health workers have a high return on investment. – They’ve increased access
to treatment for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea – There’s an increase in the number of children being immunized. We’re also providing
nutrition services as well. – As a result, more and more children are living and thriving. – We don’t want to lose
children, now I’m trained and I count myself somebody who can help. – Every child deserves
a fifth birthday and community health can make that possible. (bright music) – The proverbs say that
if you want to walk fast – Go alone, if you want to go far – Go together. It’s about movement building – Philanthropy, the
government, the public sector and the private sector,
everyone has a role to play in taking community
health systems to scale. – As leaders and as government,
we must work together to reach every community. – Our challenge is to take
results that are at the scale of ten million
people and deliver that for a billion people. – If I go back to the
United States and I consider what sort of healthcare
system will reach everyone, it’s a system that looks a
lot like what we’re doing in Kenya, in Mali and Uganda. – If every country in the
world invested in their own community health work forces, we could save 2.5 million lives annually. (bright music) – I’m proud to be a
community health worker. If we continue like this,
I think our communities are going to improve more and more. – There is no other way
of thinking about health. I’ve learned to see
health as a human right. That is the premise on
which we serve the underserved. – I think the question
we have to ask ourselves as a human race is as there’s more and more inequality in the world, are we ready to set up a
healthcare system that can provide just, equal
and dignified care to every last one of us? – Hey, thanks for watching. For more on the movement to
ensure that all people can access community based primary healthcare, check out

Daniel Yohans

12 thoughts on “Bringing Healthcare to the People

  1. Freethink says:

    What do you think of this approach?

  2. airangel94 says:

    Such incredible people paving the way towards accessible health care for all! So inspiring!

  3. Alex Rubenstein says:

    We need more of this around the world!!

  4. Ignacio Ureta says:


  5. Madeleine Ballard says:

    For more on how the organizations in this video are working together with Ministries of Health to catalyze the adoption of high-impact community health systems design, visit:

  6. Colin DeVoe says:

    This is incedible!

  7. Fernanda Flores says:

    Omg, this is so beautiful! I wish this would spread throughout the whole world!

  8. Badger Cord says:


  9. Sonia-Rose Lyle says:

    This is amazing work! I wonder if they also have certified midwives who focus on caring for prenatal patients?

  10. Nathan Miranda says:

    Freethink is the most underrated channel ever

  11. The Soultion says:

    Amen 🙏

  12. THE ENDSEEKERS says:

    Wow this is amazing!! Yes much needed resources

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