Description of Innovation

Mali has one of the highest rates of maternal and child mortality in the world. Though care exists, there are significant barriers to access, including fees, poorly trained clinic workers, and lack of transportation to health centers. This results in preventable deaths from diseases such as malaria and pneumonia. Community health workers conduct door-to-door home visits and screen and treat common diseases impacting women and children. Muso also trains staff at government clinics and removes point-of-care fees, improving the access and quality of care provided in local health clinics.

Since its founding in 2005, Muso-trained community health workers have provided nearly 2 million home visits in Mali. A three-year Harvard University study found that implementation of Muso decreased child mortality from 16% to 2%, doubled the percentage of children receiving early treatment for malaria, and increased patient visits in the home and clinics by 10 times.