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Showing Revision 8 created 04/02/2018 by Brian Greene.

  1. (Music)
  2. Raj Panjabi: Illness is universal,

  3. access to care is not,
  4. and realizing this lit a fire in my soul.
  5. No one should die because
    they live too far from a doctor or clinic.
  6. I wish that you would help us
  7. recruit the largest army
    of community health workers
  8. the world has ever known
  9. by creating the Community Health Academy,
  10. a global platform
    to train, connect and empower.
  11. [Great Big Story
    in partnership with TED]
  12. Narrator: They had a big idea
    to change the world.
  13. But they couldn't do it alone.
  14. (Voices overlapping)
    So, my wish ... My wish ... I wish ...
  15. And now, here's my wish ...
  16. [Torchbearers]
  17. [Ideas in action]
  18. RP: Epidemic diseases
    like Ebola, HIV, Zika,

  19. emerge from remote, rural communities
  20. including the rain forests
    of West and Central Africa.
  21. These are the hotspots of disease.
  22. They're the hotspots of infections.
  23. They're the hotspots of death
  24. that are located in the blindspots
    of the global health system.
  25. The idea that disease anywhere
    can be a threat to people everywhere
  26. is very real.
  27. So how do we stop this?
  28. Well, it's to enable
    community health workers
  29. to prevent, detect and respond
    to outbreaks at their very source.
  30. (Music)

  31. There are a billion people

  32. who live in the world's
    most remote communities.
  33. And while we've made great advances
    in medicine and in technology,
  34. our innovations
    are not reaching the last mile.
  35. They're not reaching
    these remote communities.
  36. We launched a nonprofit
    called Last Mile Health,
  37. and Last Mile Health's mission
  38. is to bring a health care worker
    within reach of everyone everywhere.
  39. Woman: Hello. How are you?

  40. RP: A community health worker

  41. is someone who lives
    in one of these communities
  42. that's cut off, several days
    away from the nearest clinic,
  43. and they may not have had a chance
    to finish even high school.
  44. Woman: I'm just listening to her lungs.

  45. RP: They're trained to perform
    medical skills that can save lives.

  46. Their job is to go door to door
    to provide health care.
  47. Serrena Kun: When I was little,
    I had a passion of becoming a nurse.

  48. I loved taking care of children.
  49. So when the community
    came here to find people,
  50. I put my hand up.
  51. I said I wanted to help little children.
  52. RP: What these community health workers
    like Serrena are doing

  53. is trying to bring the kind of health care
    your family doctor may provide
  54. but in places your
    family doctor may never go.
  55. Prince Pailey: When I wake up
    in the morning,

  56. I put my bag on my bike.
  57. The distances that I work
  58. is sometimes two hours,
    three hours in a forest.
  59. Some areas, some creeks,
  60. they drown with the ocean,
  61. so that every crossing
    you find it so difficult.
  62. RP: Community health workers
    are trained to address

  63. the health problems
    of their own community.
  64. In a country like Liberia,
  65. it could mean helping a mother
    get treatment for her child
  66. suffering from malaria.
  67. Man: This is paracetamol.
  68. This is ACT.
  69. So the only time you're going to give it
    is in the evening time.
  70. PP: In Liberia, the children
    die more than the adults,

  71. because we have
    some people in the villages,
  72. they don't sleep under a mosquito net.
  73. RP: We already know
    community health workers

  74. can help health care systems
    save more lives.
  75. Their ability to do that is strengthened
  76. when they're enabled
    with modern technology.
  77. Woman: Now, she's saying
    that the child has improved
  78. and went to school today.
  79. RP: If community health workers
    were equipped with smartphones,

  80. this would increase their ability
  81. to prevent, detect and respond
    to outbreaks and epidemics.
  82. It's time for technology
    to help reinvent health care
  83. on a game-changing scale.
  84. We are building the world's first
    education platform
  85. for community health workers
  86. that allows them to see the condition.
  87. There's instruction on the phone
  88. to help the worker decide
    what treatment to give.
  89. But equipping 50,000
    community health workers with smartphones
  90. is an extraordinarily ambitious effort,
  91. larger than what our organization
    alone could take on.
  92. It required collaboration.
  93. We realized that working together
    with other partners like Living Goods
  94. would help us truly solve that problem.
  95. (Child crying)

  96. And then we learned
    about The Audacious Project,

  97. a new opportunity that TED
    and a group of visionary philanthropists
  98. had been working on
    to fund some of the boldest,
  99. most audacious ideas in the world.
  100. So that's all very exciting,
  101. because many, many more
    millions of children and families
  102. are now going to have
    a chance of getting it,
  103. and they're going to get it
    from their own neighbors.
  104. Man: They say a health worker
    for everyone, everywhere, every day.

  105. Thank you.
  106. RP: Community health workers

  107. become the very people
    who can make a difference.
  108. SK: I love children, I love my community,
    and my community loves me.

  109. PP: I have love and passion for the job,
    so I will continue to work for my people.

  110. RP: We could by 2030 save 30 million lives

  111. by training these workers
    to do 30 services.
  112. We as people are not defined
    by the conditions we face,

  113. no matter how hopeless they seem.
  114. We're defined by how we respond to them.
  115. And our response has to demand
  116. a health worker for everyone everywhere.
  117. [Support the big ideas of
    the Audacious Project]

  118. [AudaciousProject.org]