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New Graduates to Fill Critical Gap in Rural Pharmacies

On June 19th, together with our partners, VillageReach proudly celebrated the graduation of the first cohort of Pharmacy Assistants from an innovative program within the Malawi College of Health Sciences. “The Pharmacy Assistants will go a long way to improve the quality of health service delivery in rural areas, strengthening health systems in the country,” said Albert Khuwi, Health Technical Support Services Deputy Director for the Malawi Ministry of Health.

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Student Profile: Violet Zamasonya

"I can’t wait to be in this new role within rural pharmacies, and to help underserved communities. I anticipate a lot of positive contributions to be made once we (Pharmacy Assistants) are deployed - improving access to medicines, dispensing practices, and helping to reduce government expenditure.  It is so exciting to be assured of employment in the public sector where I can grow in the profession."
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Papers and Publications

Final 20 Policy Paper- Data for Management: It's Not Just Another Report
Where There is No Phone: using intermediaries to extend the reach of mHealth to individuals without personal phones – Published in African Population Studies  

From Evidence to Scale- Experience from a Mobile Health Pilot Project in MalawiPublished by Concern Worldwide

Paper-Digital Workflows in Global DevelopmentCSCW '15 Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing



Life at the Last Mile:

A day in the life of a rural health worker


Anstey Lwanda is a VillageReach health surveillance assistant (HSA) in Kwitanda, Malawi. Married with two children, Anstey is from a village in Ntcheu district, a district neighboring Balaka where she now lives and works. Anstey became an HSA because she wanted to help people, and that is what she does every day...
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News & Blogs:

This week only (June 29th – July 1st) check out our own Wendy Prosser curating Gavi’s @Vaccines on twitter for an insider’s look at what’s trending, photos from the field, lively commentary and compelling questions.

Inside the Warehouse: Vaccine “Accessories” and the complexity of the cold chain – by Olivia Vargas

In the Lion’s Den - Evaluating mHealth in Africa – By Zachariah Jezman

Five lessons for Closing the Immunization GapBy Emily Bancroft
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