|VillageReach Update - Summer 2013
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Greetings to all of our friends and supporters. I hope this finds you enjoying these long summer days with family and friends. I wanted to take this opportunity to focus on our work in Mozambique and our announcement last month of partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the Final 20 Project.
As many of you know, VillageReach has operated in Mozambique since its establishment in 2001. The country experienced many challenges after a civil war in the late 1970s, and devastating floods at the beginning of this century made worse the already challenging living conditions for millions, especially those in rural communities.
VillageReach’s founders were inspired to help. In those early days they discovered a variety of challenges communities confronted in accessing quality healthcare. They also discovered the many challenges faced by the health system itself in seeking to increase its capacity and efficiency. As many of you know, there is no single issue limiting access to quality healthcare in rural communities in low-income countries: limited qualified health personnel, unreliable communications and insufficient transportation are just a few of the barriers we address.
Those early days for VillageReach in Mozambique were very informative in shaping our approach to looking at health systems from the perspective of the Last Mile, where healthcare is delivered to patients. Today we have gained experience in 10 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, to a large degree because of the results we achieved in Mozambique. We're applying the same common approach of looking comprehensively at the many barriers to health system performance, and developing and testing new innovations that we hope other organizations can use to effect improvements at a scale far greater than we could achieve on our own.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s partnership is important support for our work, but it’s an even more important endorsement of our approach to helping health systems reach the most underserved. We’re excited about the Final 20 Project in Mozambique, and the many other programs we have reported on recently. I hope you will continue to follow our work and welcome your questions and comments.
Thank you for your generous support.
Allen D. Wilcox