House Calls

Taking its cue from cosmetics giant Avon, the company Living Goods has community health volunteers going door-to-door in rural Kenya and Uganda, offering health advice and low-cost products.

Patients text volunteers and receive free home visits; serious cases are referred to specialists, and volunteers earn extra income by selling simple-fix products like clean cook stoves, water filters and solar lights.

Equipped with medical training and a kit stocked with a thermometer, measuring tape to track a newborn’s growth, and a smartphone loaded with health apps, volunteers “are recognized within their communities as small doctors in the village,” says Ruth Ngechu, Kenya deputy country director at Living Goods.

PBS Newshour

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