Josh Nesbit was a pre-medical undergraduate student at Stanford when he spent the summer working at St. Gabriel's hospital in rural Malawi. He observed patients walking up to 100 miles to see the hospital's single doctor and community health workers walking over 30 miles to deliver reports by hand. He also observed stronger cell phone reception in the Malawian rural village than back home in California. The next time he returned to the hospital, he was carrying a suitcase of $10 Nokia phones. The impact of communication was undeniable. He then joined forces with co-founder Isaac Holeman, and Medic Mobile was born.
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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Amy Norris, Chief Legal Counsel, Clif Bar & Company
Greg Ennis, Managing Director, Peninsula Ventures
Isaac Holeman, Cofounder of Medic Mobile, Gates Cambridge Scholar
Josh Nesbit, CEO, Medic Mobile
Roni Zeiger, CEO, Smart Patients & former Chief Health Strategist, Google
Susan Nesbitt, Independent Consultant & former Deputy Director, Craigslist Foundation
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While one member of Medic Mobile's field team is traveling 100 miles on rough roads to visit a remote clinic, other members of our team – software developers, health researchers, and project managers – are working with them to fine-tune models, devise new patient interventions, and make time-saving software improvements. Our teammates exhibit unique levels of patience, confidence, and empathy; we work together every day as a distributed interdisciplinary team to improve health outcomes and ultimately save lives.
Josh Nesbit's volunteer work at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Malawi led to the formation of Frontline SMS:Medic, which became Medic Mobile. We launched our first project, providing mobile phones to community health workers in the area around St. Gabriel's. We launched Hope Phones to encourage people to recycle their old phones, with proceeds funding the purchase of new phones and solar chargers for community health workers.
Medic Mobile's work expanded to ten countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. We also received unrestricted grants totaling $200,000. We had a staff of four and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
We launched our first regional-scale programs in Africa and received an additional $700,000 in grants. Our first SIM application for feature phones was released, for which we won an award from The Rockefeller Foundation. We worked with 25 partners to serve one million people.
Medic Mobile conducted its first randomized controlled studies. We opened a regional office in Nairobi and a global team office in San Francisco. Our efforts covered two million people.