Africa faces a shortage of 1.5 million health workers. Nowhere is the crisis worse than in Liberia, which was left with just 51 doctors to serve 4 million people after its 14-year civil war. Today, many Liberian villagers in remote communities are forced to walk more than 10 hours to access essential health services. Community health workers (CHWs) have been proposed as one key solution to the massive health worker crisis, but past CHW programs have failed to reach full potential and scale within the public sector, especially in rural areas.
Founded by refugees of Liberia’s civil war, Tiyatien Health is pioneering a model community-based system that is redefining how remote villages access health care. Tiyatien Health is employing a new generation of highly skilled CHWs, frontline health workers, who are trained to do everything your family doctor would do, but in places your family doctor would never go. Tiyatien Health’s frontline health workers are bringing quality, comprehensive health care to communities once considered unreachable.
Tiyatien Health’s work has been featured by PBS, NPR, Forbes, Scientific American, and received support from Echoing Green, the Global Fund, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Philanthropy Secretariat, and the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.