In Africa, millions of people die of easily preventable diseases because they lack access to health information and affordable medicines. Cisco support helps Living Goods deliver health-improving products directly to those who need them, while giving the agents who sell them opportunities to earn an income and become financially self-sufficient.
In Africa, there are just 2.3 healthcare workers per 1000 population. Treatment for life-threatening illness is free, but only 49% of the population lives close enough to a hospital to receive it. One in 8 children die before age 5. Living Goods empowers a network of Community Health Workers to provide preventive health information and deliver low-cost health, safety, and hygiene products to people in their communities.
Cisco’s support for Living Goods began in 2012, when we provided a cash grant investment to help develop a mobile technology platform that is now the cornerstone of its program. The tool has improved marketing and sales efforts, client follow-up, and workforce management.
Positive outcomes of the project include:
“This is what I have always wanted, to work in my community and help them with their health. I thank God that what I always wanted is now here.” Nanyanzi Harriet, Living Goods agent in Kampala, Uganda
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