The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria will oversee the project that aims to empower local health workers in nations where access to health care is limited.
Non-profits launch $100m plan to support community health workers
A new philanthropic project hopes to invest US$100 million in 10 countries, mostly in Africa, by 2030 to support 200,000 community health workers, who serve as a critical bridge to treatment for people with limited access to medical care.
The Skoll Foundation and The Johnson & Johnson Foundation announced on Monday that they donated a total of $25 million to the initiative. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, which will oversee the project, matched the donations and hopes to raise an additional $50 million.
The investment seeks to empower the frontline workers experts say are essential to battling outbreaks of Covid-19, Ebola and HIV.
“What we have found out in terms of community health workers: They are very popular. They are very effective. They are very cost effective,” said Francisca Mutapi, a professor at the University of Edinburgh, who helps lead a multiyear project to treat neglected tropical diseases in multiple African countries.