Scaling national community health worker programs

what’s the challenge?

Illness is universal, access to care is not. Despite medical and technological advances over the past twenty-five years, one billion people across the world still lack access to health care worldwide. 8.9 million people die every year, including 3.6 million children, because they lack access to life-saving reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health services.

Studies show that if we can train community health workers in 30 basic skills, we could save 30 million lives worldwide by 2030. Yet scale, quality, and cost remain key barriers to fully establishing and supporting national networks of community health workers.

Global Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

what’s the opportunity?

Community Health Workers are on the front line of expanding access to care–and this accelerator aims to expand their impact by supporting more countries to establish their own national community health worker programs. Building on their work in Liberia and that of their partners in Mali, Nepal, Togo, among other countries, Last Mile Health is launching the world’s first continuing education platform to develop national Community Health Worker programs, together with a coalition of over 15 partners.

the accelerator will:

  • Launch a MOOC (massive open online course) curriculum, supported by HarvardX and edX, with technical assistance from Aspen Management Partners for Health
  • Create Community Health Expert Network to advise on best practices and priority competencies for continuing education
  • Curate an online community of practice to promote sharing of skills and training from countries who are currently implementing or have successfully established their own national Community Health Worker programs

What you can do


Learn more about community health worker programs, and sign up to take the first online course at