Rajesh Panjabi

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After surviving Liberia’s civil conflict, Raj Panjabi co-founded Last Mile Health (known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health) to tackle the triple threat facing health care in post-war countries: a battered public sector, workforce shortages and rampant poverty. Last Mile Health works with the Liberian government to build innovative partnerships between rural health centers and their surrounding communities. The model features a backbone of community health workers trained to accompany patients through their illnesses and beyond – linking the destitute sick to jobs, agriculture and women’s economic empowerment programs. Pioneering a community-based health system, Last Mile Health serves as a scalable, public sector model for achieving equity in health.
  • Fellow 2010 Social Innovation Fellows
  • Fellow PopTech 2010
  • Speaker PopTech 2013
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The new Forbes '30 under 30' list features a series of PopTech Fellows

The new Forbes '30 under 30' list features a series of PopTech Fellows

A number of members of the PopTech community have been named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list of people who are changing the world.

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At PopTech: Impact Fund will assist remote health care effort

At PopTech: Impact Fund will assist remote health care effort

Josh Nesbit, a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow in 2009, pioneered the use of mobile phones for health care in a remote region of Malawi. Raj Panjabi was a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow the next year, in 2010. He co-founded Last Mile Health, which forges innovative partnerships between rural health centers and their surrounding communities.

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This week in PopTech: Out of this world

This week in PopTech: Out of this world

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

Photographer Colin Rich continues to delight our curiosities about the sky above with his DIY camera-balloons, one of which he launched at PopTech 2010. Well, Rich and&Read more »

This week in PopTech: Feast of the Fellows

This week in PopTech: Feast of the Fellows

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

The Harvard Business Review profiles 2010 Science Fellow Sinan Aral‘s latest research on “Viral Product Design.” Sinan’s work proves that you can engineer Read more »

This week in PopTech: Concerts, community health and college

This week in PopTech: Concerts, community health and college

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

Live 4 Sendai, a live concert and fundraising event for Japan, boasted many familiar faces from the PopTech stage. The event was hosted by Ze Frank (PopTech 2004, 2005) and Read more »

Social Innovation Fellow Rajesh Panjabi rethinks healthcare in Liberia

Social Innovation Fellow Rajesh Panjabi rethinks healthcare in Liberia

When Rajesh Panjabi was nine years old, a war erupted in his home country of Liberia. When the war encroached on his hometown, his family had to leave. On the airport’s tarmac, Panjabi, his sister, and mother were separated on the tarmac from poorer Liberians. His family got on the plane and out of the country. The less fortunate did not. That memory stuck with him. Years later, as

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