The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced a $20 million partnership with Co-Impact and Last Mile Health in support of a community health worker program in Liberia.
As part of its first round of grantmaking, Co-Impact — a funder collaborative fiscally sponsored by the New Venture Fund — will invest $20 million over five years in the Liberian government's efforts to expand and strengthen the country's community health systems and cut the mortality rate for children under the age of five by 20 percent. To that end, the Global Fund and Last Mile Health will receive $6 million and $14 million, respectively, to help scale the country's National Community Health Assistant Program. Since its launch in 2016, the program has trained and deployed more than three thousand health workers and clinical supervisors to rural and remote communities and conducted more than 1.6 million home visits. With the new funding, the program hopes to provide access to primary care to an additional 1.2 million people.
According to the Global Fund, the partnership, which brings together a philanthropic investor and a health nonprofit, with the fund serving as an experienced scale-up partner, can serve as a model for change in lower-income countries. The $6 million grant to the fund will count toward its goal of raising at least $1 billion from the private sector to fund its operations for the next three years.
"Co-Impact and Last Mile Health show how partners can catalyze great progress in our efforts to end AIDS, TB, and malaria and strengthen health systems," said Global Fund executive director Peter Sands. "Community health workers are essential to delivering health care to those who need it most, so no one is left behind. This kind of partnership can save lives and bring us closer to achieving access to health care for all."
"It is really exciting to see this partnership come to fruition," said Co-Impact founder and CEO Olivia Leland. "It's an honor to support work of this significance and scale to ensure that every person in Liberia has access to basic health care. It's also a tangible example of how philanthropy can play a more effective role in supporting large-scale change. Each grant we make builds on the important work of existing partners and helps create additional opportunities for others to co-invest. We look forward to continuing to build these sorts of partnerships through which we can reach millions of people."