VillageReach Quarterly Newsletter- For our partners, colleagues and donors whose collaboration and support help us achieve our mission.

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

How Does a Distribution System Save Lives?

“I heard someone say once that those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.  We changed our minds in Gaza and changed our distribution system. And our children are healthier for it.”

Learn more about the impact of VillageReach’s work through the eyes of Belture Alface, Medical Chief of Gaza Province, Mozambique

Can the Private Sector Solve Last Mile Transport Challenges?

While there are many influencing factors on delays in distribution and stock outs of critical medical commodities, insufficient transport is a significant contributor. We recently published this report providing an in-depth analysis of the transportation function relative to vaccine distribution and transport in Mozambique.  The report highlights existing trends in commercial transport, and presents considerations in which the two sectors could collaborate to achieve an increase in both the reliability and efficiency of the distribution of medical commodities.
Read the Executive Summary




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Connecting with our Partners

In July, VillageReach was honored to host representatives from the Barr Foundation and Vitol Foundation to tour the Pharmacy Assistants Training Program in Malawi where 75 students are currently undergoing practical training – 25 in health centers and 50 in district hospitals. Partners observed classrooms, toured practical training sites, and talked with students, faculty and program staff.

I feel certain that the presence of Pharmacy Assistants will be of great benefit to the community members seeking care at the Last Mile. It is clear that the students are learning a great deal and that they are an immediate, valued resource to both the District Pharmacy and the rural health center during their practical training.” - Tanya Jones, Portfolio Manager, Barr Foundation

"VillageReach Pharmacy Assistants Training Program is a valuable project directed at a neglected but important area.”
- Sir Brian Greenwood, advisor to Vitol Foundation  
Read the Report



OpenLMIS Feature Guide
A new toolkit explains the detailed benefits and features of this open source solution for health supply chain management.  

"Other Duties as Required" - Part Two in Final 20 Policy Paper Series.
This  second paper in the series examines the role of human resources on the vaccine supply chain.
As posted on Impatient Optimists, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
By Wendy Prosser, Program Manager, VillageReach


A Strong Cold Chain Saves Lives

In June, VillageReach, Nexleaf, UNICEF and the Ministry of Health began a pilot in 90 health centers in Mozambique to test a new technology/device that remotely monitors temperature changes of vaccine cold storage units (refrigerators) in order to reduce waste and increase safety of vaccines, thereby improving overall vaccination efforts at the last mile.

How does it work?
Learn more from VillageReach Technical Officer, Tafara Chekai

See photos and comments from health workers using ColdTrace in the field



Melinda Gates names VillageReach’s Margarida Matsinhe a top global vaccine innovator

“My Journey to the PA Program”
Pharmacy Assistants Training Program Student Blog
By Loveness Kasiyamphanje

“Try Before you Buy”
How HERMES modeling helps predict outcomes of system change.
By Wendy Prosser, VillageReach Program Manager

Reflections from Malawi- WDI Intern Blog

Reflections on landscape, culture and perspective from our  intern working in Balaka and Lilongwe, Malawi. 
By Jodi-Ann Burey
William Davidson Institute Student and VillageReach Intern

"Master of One"
Increase Health Worker Capacity by Decreasing Responsibility
By Wendy Prosser, VillageReach Program Manager

Thank you for Supporting Life-Saving Innovation
Individual donations are critical to our mission, enabling innovations to start, grow and scale.   Donations made through this quarter's newsletter will be dedicated to our 2014  Innovation Appeal, supporting Chipatala cha pa Foni (CCPF), or Health Center by Phone- an innovative mHealth program with proven impact on maternal and child health.

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