Rajesh Panjabi

Rajesh Panjabi 2011 Global Fellow

Last Mile Health

with Peter Luckow

Health & Healthcare

Africa, Liberia


Rajesh Panjabi 2011 Global Fellow

Bold Idea 

Pioneer a comprehensive approach to reconstruct the rural health care system in war-torn Liberia with an efficient and effective training and outreach model for community health workers.

Founded by survivors of Liberia’s civil war, Last Mile Health (known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health) partners with the Liberian government to pioneer a model community health worker (CHW) system that is redefining how post-conflict nations rebuild rural public health services. Filling the massive health worker shortage in rural post-conflict areas, CHWs form a novel locally-led primary care workforce that delivers comprehensive home-based medical and social services—providing access to care for the poorest of the poor.

At age 9, Raj Panjabi narrowly escaped a bloody civil war in his home country of Liberia. As a refugee in America, Raj worked hard against steep odds, training as a physician at Johns Hopkins and Harvard, where he is currently a Clinical Fellow as well as a Resident Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University. Fifteen years after leaving, Raj returned to Liberia to serve those he had left behind. Raj first worked as a policy advisor to the Liberian government, and then began building Last Mile Health (known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health) with other war survivors.