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Dec 11, 2023   |   Blog Post

‘Beyond the Last Mile’: The Story of Rose Magayi

By VillageReach

The health care workforce is the backbone of strong, resilient and people-centered health systems. However, the World Health Organization projects a shortfall of 10 million health workers by 2030, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. Africa has a shortage of health workers, with only 1.55 per 1,000 population, much lower than the WHO threshold for UHC. 

That is why investing in and supporting community health workers now is critical to ensure they are treated like professionals and are salaried, skilled, supervised and supplied. In ‘Beyond the Last Mile,’ you will learn about Rose Magayi, a community health worker (CHW), also known as a Health Surveillance Assistant (HSA) in Malawi, and how she provides health care services to communities at the last mile. 

HSAs are trusted and often serve as the primary point of contact for health care services for under-reached communities. As you’ll see from the testimonials, CHWs like Rose are widely regarded as heroes for providing a broad range of services, including support during health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. As we celebrate UHC Day, we must honor health workers like Rose. 

VillageReach helps close these gaps by empowering community health workers to provide quality primary health care at the last mile. Your gift today will allow us to continue in our journey to transform health care delivery to reach everyone – including hard-to-reach communities and dedicated CHWs like Rose. 

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