A common adage goes that work that creates real value, like childcare, teaching and community advocates, rarely pays well. The same can be said of community health volunteers who have dedicated their lives to public service in Kenya’s Kitui County. The Musokini Self Help group comprises 22 women who have become more of family than the public health champions they are. The group’s initial goal was to promote Universal Health Coverage, a government commitment to provide every Kenyan with affordable medical coverage by 2022. Starting in 2016, the women from Musokini would visit homesteads to reinforce public health messages and ensure families were healthy.

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