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  • Awarded:
    2006
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  • Countries Served:
    Angola · Congo (Democratic Republic) · Liberia · Malawi · Mozambique · Nigeria · Tanzania
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    About the Organization

    VillageReach is an international NGO with offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi, Mozambique, and the US (Seattle). Through collaboration with public and private sector partners, VillageReach transforms health care delivery to reach everyone, bringing high-impact solutions to scale and sustainability. VillageReach develops solutions that improve equity and access to primary health care. This includes making sure products are available when and where they are needed and creating new pathways to deliver health care that meets the needs of the most under-reached. Radical collaboration with governments and the private sector strengthen VillageReach’s ability to scale and sustain these solutions. Effective solutions require a deep understanding of local health systems, a diverse set of skills and expertise, and strong, local relationships to achieve sustainable impact. VillageReach’s experience “two decades of working in low-resource communities in sub-Saharan Africa and around the globe with a wide range of partners” has informed its focus on the areas that have the greatest potential for large-scale impact to improve health outcomes.

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    One of the greatest challenges in healthcare in developing countries is the gaps that prevent medicines, vaccines, and services from reaching remote villages.

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    VillageReach's model addresses five last-mile logistical barriers

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    VillageReach's vision is to ncrease access to quality healthcare for the world’s most underserved communities.

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    VillageReach has increased immunization rates and launched a sustainable business, VidaGas, to provide key support.

    Ambition for Change

    Transform health care delivery systems to reach everyone, everywhere, so each person has the health care needed to thrive.

    Path to Scale

    Adoption of Model in Public Systems Ministries of Health are the preferred path to scale for VillageReach innovations. VillageReach co-creates innovative health solutions, integrates successful solutions into health systems, and ensures governments and partners are prepared to sustain them.

    Skoll Awardee
    Blaise Judja-Sato

    Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, VillageReach

    Born in Cameroon, Blaise Judja-Sato was a successful US businessman until a devastating flood in Mozambique prompted his return to Africa. While helping with relief efforts, he saw both the suffering of the rural poor and the frustration of nongovernmental organizations that could not get medicines across the “last mile” of remote country to those in need. He also realized that these last-mile barriers affected industries and others who might be willing to pay into a shared system that benefited everyone. So, in 2000, Blaise gave up a lucrative corporate career to found VillageReach to build this infrastructure and solve the last-mile logistical challenges that prevent healthcare from reaching rural Mozambique. Blaise left the organization in 2008 to pursue other endeavors and founded the NGO, The Resilience Trust,  in 2015.  He did not remain active in the organization. When Blaise left in 2008, Allen Wilcox, a volunteer and Board member, stepped into the role of President, donating his salary and in fact donating his own personal wealth to help keep the organization alive during uncertain financial times. In July 2016, Allen transitioned out of his role as President but remains on the Board in a senior advisor role focused on partner relations, advocacy for change leadership and innovation for improving health system performance at the lower levels. Emily Bancroft, was promoted from Vice President to President in December 2017. Prior to joining VillageReach, Emily worked with the International Training and Education Center on Health (I-TECH), Physicians for Human Rights, and NPower, a pioneering social enterprise focused on transforming the way nonprofits use technology to achieve their mission. Emily is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. She holds an MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health and a BA from Princeton University.

    Impact & Accomplishments
    • VillageReach’s work increases the availability of quality health care for more than 35 million people across sub-Saharan Africa.
    • In Mozambique, VillageReach’s improved immunization logistics system reached 1,200 health centers in 2018, improving vaccine availability for roughly half the country. VillageReach is now advising the government to become system owners and expand the approach nationwide.
    • VillageReach replicated this solution in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and has also begun integrating drones into DRC logistics systems. VillageReach works with Gavi and immunization partners to build transformative supply chain design into the plans and policies of Gavi-supported countries.
    • OpenLMIS is an open source information system for tracking medicines and health products. OpenLMIS has been deployed to over 11,000 health centers across 11 geographies to optimize data timeliness and accuracy.
    • VillageReach and the Malawi Ministry of Health have worked together to create CCPF Health Center by Phone, a free national health hotline which creates pathways to primary health care delivery for rural and hard to reach communities. The Malawi Ministry of Health considers CCPF a key piece of their national health system and has taken over ownership and operation of the solution.
    Affiliated
    Alinafe Kasiya
    Malawi Deputy Country Director, VillageReach
    Allen Wilcox
    Former President, Board Member, VillageReach
    Andrew Hauli
    Health Center Manager, VillageReach
    Blaise Judja-Sato
    Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, VillageReach
    Bvudzai Magadzire
    Senior Technical Advisor, VillageReach
    Carla Blauvelt
    Director, Programs, VillageReach
    Jennifer Crouch
    Director, Development, VillageReach
    Mariah Kunz
    Communications Assistant, VillageReach
    Melissa West
    Director, Advocacy & Communications, VillageReach
    Patrick Sikana
    Vice President, VillageReach
    Rebecca Okelo
    Program Lead, Med25, VillageReach
    Ruth Bechtel
    Country Director, Mozambique, VillageReach
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