News From the Last Mile

September 2016

A quarterly newsletter for our partners, colleagues, and donors whose collaboration and support help us achieve our mission.
Lessons Learned in Reaching the Final 20

A new report from VillageReach illuminates over a decade of work with the Mozambique Ministry of Health to improve the vaccine supply chain including key challenges, new approaches, and proven impact at the last mile. Read the Report

Mozambique Country Director, Ruth Bechtel, shares her insights on why this evidence is key to our impact and the continued improvement of vaccine supply chains at the last mile - in Mozambique and beyond. 

VillageReach president Evan Simpson was honored by Global Washington as a featured Changemaker. He discusses the future of global health and the role of VillageReach. Read his full interview here
Thoughts from the Last Mile

Keeping the Wheels of  Change Moving System design is an ongoing process of improvement. The recent workshop in Zambia was only the beginning.

Outsourcing Transport and Logistics in Global Health Understanding the practical realities of outsourcing can help define how the private sector can have the greatest impact in a global health context.

When Health Workers Need a Helpline With support from Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions, VillageReach is exploring ways CCPF can meet the needs of health workers as well as patients.

Beyond "Good Enough": System Design in Zambia Lessons from a system design workshop in Zambia.

Waiting: Discovering and Addressing Inefficiencies in Malawi Results from a patient flow study in rural Malawi.  

Many "Firsts" Evan Simpson reflects on his first few weeks as president.

Med25: Celerating Future Partnerships Evan Simpson speaks at the recent Med25 benefit about this burgeoning partnership.
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The UN Foundation shares lessons learned and illuminates VillageReach's approach to sustainability and scale through partnership.
Research & Reports

Re-designing the Mozambique vaccine supply chain to improve access to vaccines Journal article published in Vaccine

The Economic and Operational Value of Using Drones to Transport Vaccines Journal article published in Vaccine

Examination of Patient Flow in a Rural Health Center in Malawi Journal article published in BMC Research Notes

Technology, People & Processes: Enabling Successful HMIS/LMIS Integrations UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities

ODK Scan Field Test Report Testing ODK Scan with tuberculosis registers in Pakistan
News & Publications

Airtel CCPF officially launches in Malawi. Partner expands CCPF in scope and scale. (press release)

Are Vaccines Getting to Where They Need to Go? article notes VillageReach as supply chain innovator

VillageReach announced as a PEPFAR DREAMS Innovation Winner (press release)

"I know how easy it can be to lose one's life because of medicine shortages. I have witnessed it. I am happy to use my knowlege of supply chain management to contribute to delivering life-saving medicines to people who need them." Read more about Emmanuelle's role at VillageReach on the blog

UAVs are a promising new innovation for global health, but are only one part of a comprehensive system of innovations needed to strengthen routine health systems. Read more.  
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