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OUR MISSION: Save lives and improve health by increasing access to quality healthcare for the most underserved communities.


From The Last Mile

"I am a clinician by profession, serving a population of over 30,000 in the 25 villages that my health center serves. The new Pharmacy Assistant Training Program is a big relief to us clinicians working in the rural and remote health centers. Now, I am able to see more patients in a day, and provide more thorough examinations."


Elina is a single mother from Mpulula Village in Malawi. She discovered her HIV status when she was pregnant with her baby girl, Miracle. While she was pregnant she registered for tips and reminders from Chipatala cha pa Foni (CCPF) or Health Center by Phone, but she did not disclose her HIV status.

See how CCPF helped Elina and her baby

Felismina walked three hours to Moamba Hospital to get 10-month-old Shirlei weighed, and some medicine for a persistent cough. She was tired and wanted the wait to be over so she could get back to her other three children ages 12, 9 and 5, all in school. She said there was no public transport for her to travel, so walking to the clinic was the only way.


System Design: Repair or Replace - This new policy paper covers the importance of strong system design in developing an efficient and effective supply chain. The third paper in our Final 20 series, it looks at the components of the supply chain, addresses the challenges faced at the last mile for distribution and presents examples of innovative approaches to address those challenges.

Moving Health Commodities in Africa: Private Sector Transport for Public Health Systems
Published by The Next Billion
By John Beale, VillageReach Strategic Development Director and Social Business Group Lead

Malaria Journal
Rapid diagnostic test supply chain and consumption study in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique: estimating stock shortages and identifying drivers of stock-outs. 

Promising Practices in Supply Chain Management Series- This series of briefs intended for ministries of health, their partners and anyone who is interested in public health supply chains with guidance on how to address barriers countries face in quantification, procurement, warehousing, distribution, service delivery and utilization, data management, and human resources.  

Looking Ahead

A note from President
Allen Wilcox

2014 represents many milestones for VillageReach. It has been a watershed year with unprecedented growth and impact. Our collaboration with the Malawi Ministry of Health is a valued partnership, providing significant support for communities in the country:  the Pharmacy Assistant Training Program is enabling rural health clinics to serve more patients, and the "Health Center by Phone" initiative has been officially endorsed by the ministry. We are contributing technology innovations that other countries can scale: OpenLMIS has been deployed in three countries, and the work of our Mozambique colleagues has been recognized internationally as a successful innovation in vaccine supply chain design.  

With the support of our donors and partners, there is much more to be accomplished in the year ahead. With your support, we’re excited about the opportunity to expand our reach to the most remote communities.

Thank you for your continued support in the coming year, and for your contribution to VillageReach.

New Grants from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:


More Blogs:
A Visit from Dr. Kabambe
By Fanny Kachale, Director of Reproductive Health, Malawi Ministry of Health

The Building Blocks of Vaccines- A LEGO Experiment 
By Wendy Prosser, VillageReach Program Manager

The Evolution of OpenLMIS

You don't have to be a technology expert to understand how important data visibility is to improving health outcomes. In rural health centers, it can take up to 3 months to receive a delivery of vaccines or other critical medical commodities due to the lack of data systems to manage, track and replenish commodities.

Since 2010, we've been a leading partner of OpenLMIS, an open source logistics management information system designed to address the challenges of supply chain data in the most resource-poor environments.  This year, OpenLMIS was deployed in Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique and in 2015, VillageReach is working with partners to bring the software to additional countries, including Benin. This month, we are proud to announce the release of OpenLMIS V1.0 which delivers significant advancements in functionality and features, building on the learning from current deployments.

The following blogs are written from members of our own Information Systems Group, sharing their personal perspective on the milestones reached this year, and the potential for what lies ahead.





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