A project of GlobeMed
GlobeMed at UM partners with Tiyatien Health in Liberia, to support their community health workers who bring care to the most remote areas.
Who We Are // GlobeMed at University of Michigan
Founded in 2006, GlobeMed at UMich is one of 50 GlobeMed chapters working to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. We partner with Tiyatien Health, a community-based health organization in rural Liberia, to improve access to high quality healthcare and promote health broadly for rural Liberians.
Our Partner // Tiyatien Health in Zwedru, Liberia
In post-war Liberia, there is minimal access to healthcare, with only 51 doctors serving the country as of 2005. Tiyatien Health is countering these odds with their accompanier program, where local community health workers provide home-based care, accompany patients to and from the public clinic, and link patients to social and economic support.
Tiyatien Health trains and employs local community members to become Frontline Health Workers (FHW) to provide home-based care, accompany patients to and from the public clinic, and link patients to social and economic support. This community-based model provides healthcare, promotes job creation, and reduces poverty among the poorest of the poor.
Our Project // $10,000 to Bring Care to the Last Mile Villages
This year, Tiyatien Health is expanding to the district of Konobo, in Grand Gedeh country. A District Health Assessment conducted by the Ministry of Health, in concert with Tiyatien Health, revealed that the Konobo district was one of the most remote and underserved areas of southeast Liberia. Keeping with their commitment to make healthcare accessible to all, Tiyatien Health is expanding its operations and FHW model to this area. In support of Tiyatien Health’s pioneering efforts to reach the most remote rural populations of of Liberia, GlobeMed at University of Michigan will aim to provide $10,000 of unrestricted support to Tiyatien Health’s expansion efforts to the Konobo District. As such, GlobeMed will set out once again to deliver unique and pioneering support for Tiyatien Health, this time in the form of trust-based giving.
These funds will be used as Tiyatien Health sees fit for carrying out the transition to Konobo, such as fuel, transportation, office supplies, construction, renovation, and the hiring of extra Liberian staff. Tiyatien Health, best knowing the needs on the ground in Liberia, will commit to spending the funds in the best way to successfully expand operations to Konobo. In short, these funds will be used to advance the work of Tiyatien Health’s move to Konobo, and with that, the expansion of Tiyatien Health’s core Frontline Health Worker program.