Brigham and Women’s Doctor Wins Prize for Liberia Nonprofit

Dr. Raj Panjabi, M.D., a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a part of NEC member Partners Healthcare, recently received a $1 million TED Prize award for his nonprofit, Last Mile Health.

Last Mile Health works to provide healthcare access to people in remote communities in Liberia who would have to travel for days to reach a hospital. The nonprofit partners with the government of Liberia to train healthcare workers who can provide healthcare to remote areas. During the Ebola outbreak, the group was able to train 1,300 workers who were deployed to the southeastern region of the country to help contain the spread of the disease. In addition to receiving the award from TED, Dr. Panjabi was also named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

“I want to see a health worker for everyone, everywhere, every day,” said Dr. Panjabi. “I’m honored and excited by the opportunity to amplify the work of these inspiring community health workers.”

The New England Council congratulates Dr. Panjabi on the award and thanks him for his work to provide healthcare to people in remote communities. Read more in Boston.com, NPR, and in the TED press release.

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