Living Goods supports ministries of health and their networks of “tech-enabled” community health workers who go door-to-door providing healthcare and selling products and medicines to treat malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea. Combining best practices from business and public health, Living Goods is reducing child mortality by more than 25% – at a yearly net cost of less than US$ 2 per person reached.
Equipping government community health workers with smartphones that register, track, and diagnose community members, Living Goods not only delivers more health services at scale, but also improves transparency and health-worker performance through this digital tracking. These efforts are, in turn, helping Living Goods’ government partners improve their ability to deliver important health services to their citizens. In 2018, for example, Living Goods built customized performance dashboards for district governments in Uganda. Their local data is also being integrated into national health systems, helping create smarter policies and programs, ones informed by transparent, reliable data.
The Chandler Foundation allows Living Goods to think boldly, test new ideas, analyze results, and quickly pivot or redirect if needed, rather than committing ourselves to a certain plan or approach before we know what works. With their flexible funding, we are able to strengthen our work and invest in only the most successful strategies when the time is right.