Access to basic healthcare is a very big challenge in Rural India, and globally. 70% Indians live in villages, but 74% Doctors are in the urban areas. Attempts to take doctors to the rural areas have repeatedly failed. People are mostly treated by un/semi-qualified personnel. Those who can afford private healthcare have to spend much more than their urban counterparts. Diseases are detected late. Tens of millions of people get pushed below the poverty line annually because of healthcare expenditures alone!
Tiyatien Health, a winner in the Rethinking Mental Health competition, is treating the effects of decades of brutal war in Liberia by training non-doctor health workers and clinicians to work directly with citizens of one of the poorest countries on Earth. The founders are survivors of Liberia's civil war and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Tiyatien Health trained the first non-physicians to administer anti-retroviral therapy in Liberia,and provided the first-ever HIV/AIDS treatments in southeastern Liberia, the poorest corner of the country. Now it is expanding beyond providing public HIV/AIDS treatment to rural communities by working to reverse decades of untreated depression and epilepsy.
Winners Announced! The three winners will each receive a prize of USD $5000.
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May 2016: Dr. Sara Saeed, 29, co-founder of doctHERs, wins the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize, awarded by Unilever and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).