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Touch Health, Inc.

New York, NY   |  www.touchhealth.org

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Mission

Our mission is to help build the health systems of the future. We strengthen healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa, providing better access to care and improving the quality of local health systems.

Ruling year info

2004

CEO

Massimiliano Pezzoli

Main address

PO Box 910

New York, NY 10272 USA

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EIN

20-1469976

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Lives are cut short and people suffer in many countries because of failures in health systems resulting in inadequate access to healthcare. Sub-Saharan Africa faces a severe shortage in their healthcare workforce. While the World Health Organization recommends 23 healthcare workers for every 10,000 people, sub-Saharan Africa has fewer than three. Not only that, two thirds of all maternal deaths globally occur in sub-Saharan Africa, largely due to delays in reaching and receiving emergency medical care. We design and implement solutions based on a rigorous data-driven problem-solving approach to strengthen healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa, providing better access to care and improving the quality of local health systems.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Maternal and Newborn Health

Two thirds of all maternal deaths globally occur in sub-Saharan Africa, largely due to delays in reaching and receiving emergency medical care. We co-created M-Mama with Vodafone Foundation, a technology-enabled public/private system that connects women and their newborns to quality care. Providing women with safe and reliable emergency transportation (like 911 in the U.S.) reduced maternal deaths by over 25% in its pilot district of 665,000 people in rural Tanzania.

With m-mama, rural hospital dispatch centers use our innovative Emergency Transport System to quickly triage mothers and newborns facing medical emergencies in rural parts of Tanzania and arrange for their safe transport to a health facility using a digital application. Women are transported by a trained community driver in a private vehicle when an ambulance is not available. The system is fast and efficient, saving time that is critical to saving lives. We are now scaling up the program in Tanzania and in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, such as Lesotho, that face similar constraints.

We’re also working to ensure that mothers get high quality care before and after the baby comes with programs such as community care groups and screening for hypertension.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

We work in close partnership with local hospitals and the top medical school in the Lake Zone of Tanzania, an area of 17 million people. Given our deep roots in the Lake Zone, long-term relationships with the local government, and the fact that our staff and office are based there, we develop programs in the area that can be replicated throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Over the years we have worked to build capabilities for improving healthcare delivery by helping to upgrade infrastructure, invest in leadership development, and strengthen essential work systems at our flagship partner hospital and medical school. We have helped train over 6,000 healthcare workers there, a number that increases by over 900 every year.

Now, we are continuing to work on operational improvements and strengthening core processes. One element of this effort is our Healthcare Technology Management program, through which we are establishing a center of excellence in biomedical engineering in the Lake Zone. By implementing engineering best practices, developing core maintenance systems, supporting uptake of central processes, as well as through the building of a world-class engineering department, this program enables technicians to ensure Lake Zone medical equipment is always fully functional.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Sub-Saharan Africa faces a severe shortage in their healthcare workforce. After years of addressing this crisis by training healthcare workers, we realized that this shortage makes it crucial to ensure that existing healthcare workers are placed where they’re need most. Thus, we designed a tool to improve the allocation of scarce healthcare workers given the demand for health services, as well as real world budget and supply constraints.

This tool, called POA (Prioritization and Optimization Analysis), has been adopted by the Government of Tanzania and is used to deploy healthcare workers throughout the country every year. We are implementing the tool in other countries to improve the allocation of healthcare workers specifically focused on HIV/AIDS services. We are at various stages of implementing the tool for this purpose in other countries such as South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Nigeria.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

4-Star Charity 2014

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Touch Foundation’s aim is to save lives and relieve human suffering in sub-Saharan Africa by strengthening the health system. Weak health systems challenge access to healthcare. For sustained impact on health priorities, the entire health system must function optimally to provide quality, equitable, and dignified care to all patients. We design and implement to strengthen healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa, providing better access to care and improving the quality of local health systems. We are working to improve access to quality maternal and neonatal healthcare, promote medical excellence in the Lake Zone of Tanzania, and effectively deploy limited healthcare workers.

We look at healthcare holistically in order to strengthen the entire system and we address key elements of the health system to deliver integrated solutions. We create innovative programs based on a rigorous data-driven problem-solving approach in order to increase the efficiency of the entire health network.
Working with partners to catalyze change that is long-lasting and locally led, we ensure that our programs are efficient and tailored to the environment we operate in. We seek measurable, enduring impact across 3 areas:

1. Maternal and Newborn Health
• We co-created M-Mama, an emergency transport system (like 911) for pregnant women and newborns.
• In the first year of operations, M-Mama reduced maternal deaths in its pilot district in rural Tanzania by more than 25%.
• We are now scaling up the program in Tanzania and in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

2. Medical Centers of Excellence
• We work in close partnership with local hospitals and the top medical school in the Lake Zone of Tanzania, an area of 17 million people.
• We have helped train over 6,000 healthcare workers there, including more than 1,200 doctors.
• We are now working on operational improvements and expect to develop high impact programs in the Lake Zone that have the potential to be replicated throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

3. Effective Deployment of Limited Healthcare Workers
• We designed a tool to optimize the distribution of scarce healthcare workers given real world budget and supply constraints.
• It has been adopted to support data-driven decision making nationally in Tanzania.
• We are now at various stages of implementing the tool in other countries such as South Africa and Mozambique.

After more than a decade of on-the-ground experience from working side-by-side with local healthcare workers and authorities across different levels of care, we have extensive knowledge of Tanzania’s healthcare environment to inform our strategies and programs. Touch employs a team of professionals with diverse backgrounds, including management consultants, medical doctors, and academics.

Touch has also built strong relationships with the Tanzanian government, local institutions, healthcare workforce leaders, non-governmental organizations, and donors. Additionally, we partner with a range of corporations and foundations including Grand Challenges Canada, Vodafone Foundation, The ELMA Foundation, McKinsey & Company, and others. We are also privileged to be a partner of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s mission in Tanzania. Since 2007, USAID has awarded over $17.5 million to Touch.

Since 2004, we have invested over $90 million in strengthening health systems in sub-Saharan Africa. We spent much of this time focused in Tanzania, mitigating its healthcare worker crisis and improving the lives of 17 million people in the Lake Zone, nearly one-third of the country’s population. We have since expanded our work to larger populations in and outside of Tanzania, bringing our programs to such countries as Lesotho, South Africa, and Mozambique.


Building off past success, we are now:

• Assisting the Tanzanian government as they adopt our POA (Prioritization and Optimization Analysis) tool, which prioritizes a health facility's staffing needs based on budget and limited healthcare worker supply.

• Working with PEPFAR to implement our POA tool in countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa to improve the allocation of healthcare workers specifically focused on HIV/AIDS services.

• Addressing preventable deaths from hypertension by leveraging the partnerships and innovative referral and transport system in our M-Mama program to educate, screen, and refer for treatment 50,000 pregnant women & 1,800 healthcare workers over 3 years.

• Scaling-up the M-Mama emergency transport system to an entire region of Tanzania and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa to serve over 90,000 pregnant women and their newborns and building the capacity of health facilities to treat fatal neonatal conditions.

Financials

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Touch Health, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/15/2024
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Board chair

Mr. Lowell Bryan

McKinsey & Company

Kevin J. Curnin

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Celia Felsher

Reservoir Capital Group, LLC

Robert H. Niehaus

GCP Capital Partners LLC

Mbago Kaniki

Alva Charge

Steven Kelmar

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Tom Teles

Retiree of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM)

Charbel Tagher

Specified Technologies, Inc.

Lowell Bryan

McKinsey & Company

Claudio Braz Ferro

7P Capital

Claudia Joyce

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Sean William Ryan

McKinsey & Company

Parisa Jaffer

Marketing Executive

Michael Patsalos-Fox

Vidyo

Ishaan Seth

McKinsey & Company

Dana Kirchman

Executive Coach, Facilitator & Speaker