Why We're Different

We measure everything we do. Our model has been developed over the course of a decade of research, with the Malian Ministry of Health, Harvard Medical School, and the University of California San Francisco.

Most healthcare in the world is passive. Doctors and CHWs wait for patients to come to them. But Muso knows health can’t wait, so we deploy health care providers door-to-door to proactively search for patients.

Muso’s proactive health system taps the power of social networks, community leaders, and local women. Communities take the lead to create lasting change.

We estimate the Muso system will enable Ministries of Health to provide universal health coverage at a cost of $24 per person, well within the range of health spending in sub-Saharan Africa.

Our proactive health system is designed for simplicity, so that our model can easily be rolled out at scale by Ministries of Health throughout the world.

Every person has the right to health care. Millions of people living in poverty die every year from diseases we know how to treat. Their deaths constitute one of the greatest injustices in our world today.

Our Story

A decade ago a small group of Malians and Americans came together to address the injustices of health and poverty they witnessed around them. Working together out of a converted storage closet, Muso was born. Muso means woman in Bambara, a lingua franca of Mali. A commonly heard Malian proverb asserts, "If you educate a woman, you educate her family, her community and her entire country." Women are considered responsible for protecting the health of their families.

Muso has grown more than 2,000 fold since our 2005 founding, and local women have been the changemakers in the areas where we operate. Our mission is to eliminate preventable deaths that are rooted in poverty.