Innovations Serving The First Mile, Placing Health Into The Hands Of Communities

Innovations Serving The First Mile, Placing Health Into The Hands Of Communities

Why first mile health:

Challenges, Opportunities & Goals

Over half of the world's population, including a billion people in remote rural communities, lack access to essential health services.  Yet, less than 38% of nurses and less than 25% of physicians worldwide work in those regions, and the shortage in healthcare workers is estimated to reach 18 million by 2030.  This dire situation makes the need for first mile health initiatives urgent.

As countries around the world take vital steps to provide universal health coverage, the Health In Your Hands initiative plays a critical role in the global movement to provide health services at the first mile.



Health In Your Hands (HIYH) provides a platform connecting innovations to investors and health systems which ultimately allows for the implementation and scaling of innovations for physical and mental health in remote settings. 


The initiative removes the barriers of access and knowledge for health service providers working at the first mile by connecting them to innovations proven effective and that can be adapted to other similar settings. 

Health In Your Hands is a multi-stakeholder initiative that enables access of health solutions to the first mile. Stakeholders whose missions align with the goals and deliverables of HIYH, as well as countries where first mile health services can help achieve sustainable development, are engaged.

The cross-sector collaboration builds an ecosystem of best practices that are  financially sustainable, bringing together partners from government, civil society and the private sector.