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11.24 2015

Did you know- globally, more than 1 billion people lack access to healthcare? Chances are, you are not part of the 1 billion. You most likely live in a place with adequate access to:

  1. Vaccines to fully immunize our children
  2. Highly skilled doctors, nurses and other specialized healthcare providers
  3. Modern, safe, and adequately staffed healthcare facilities- hospitals, clinics, pharmacies
  4. Essential medicines and reproductive health products

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As global health advocates, we know how very different the reality is in the low- and middle income countries in which we work, especially at the last mile, often the most rural and hard to reach communities where access is a fundamental barrier to improving health outcomes.

In these communities, there are often no doctors, vaccines and essential medicines are frequently out of stock or simply not available, healthcare facilities are widely dispersed (inaccessible) and rudimentary at best, and healthcare workers struggle to meet the daily demands placed on them. This is the reality of the 1 billion.

As we join our families this coming Thanksgiving Day, let’s give thanks for access to quality healthcare and celebrate those on the frontlines of healthcare, working  together with us to change the inequities of healthcare around the world – starting at the last mile.


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11.23 2015

Insights into the GHSCS Prize for Supply Chain Excellence in Global Health in Low- and Middle Income Countries

Portuguese version of this post

Out of five global health supply chain interventions nominated, the Dedicated Logistics System in Mozambique was selected as the winner of the Prize for Supply Chain Excellence in Global Health in Low- and Middle Income Countries, presented at the 2015 Global Health Supply Chain Conference in Dakar, Senegal, November 2015.

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11.19 2015

Last week, the annual Global Health Supply Chain Summit took place in Dakar, Senegal, bringing together supply chain specialists and thought leaders from around the world to keep challenging each of us to strive for better performance of supply chains. It is a week to reflect on what is currently happening in supply chain management, and it sets the agenda for priorities for the coming year.

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11.12 2015

Republished from the UN Foundation Blog: Global Connections

I often find myself playing the global health version of “if you were trapped on a desert island, which three things would you bring?” In my version, it’s “if you were the Ministry of Health, which three programs would you fund?” When I do this thought experiment, I often run into the exact same impossible questions cash-strapped ministries of health are forced to answer: Do I fund health workers or do I buy medicines? Do I fund treatment services or invest in preventative health programs? What will have the most impact? What will save the most lives? After a while, I do what any reasonable person faced with an unwinnable game does – I find a loophole.

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10.12 2015

The UN Commission for Life-Saving Commodities (UNCoLSC)Atelier d’échange: Pratiques et ressources pour améliorer l’accès aux treize produits vitaux pour la santé des femmes et des enfants(in English, “Workshop to Promote Exchange on Practices and Resources to Increase Access to the 13 Life-Saving Commodities for Women’s and Children’s Health”) on took place last month in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop was made possible through a collaboration between the UNCoLSC and Securité Contraceptive en Afrique Francophone (SECONAF, the regional forum for Francophone Africa of the Reproductive Health Supply Chain Coalition), and followed the SECONAF Annual Meeting.

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10.12 2015

I recently had the opportunity to represent VillageReach and the Malawi-based mHealth program Chipatala Cha Pa Foni (CCPF) at a capacity building workshop hosted and facilitated by Open Capital, an ICT organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. I joined 10 other grantees of the United Nation Foundation’s Innovations Working Group, an initiative committed to advancing the the use of mobile technology to improve health outcomes – particularly as it relates to development in low- and middle-income countries.

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09.24 2015

Many people in global health talk about how Coca-Cola supply chain practices could be applied and adapted to health commodities to ensure that vaccines, malaria treatment, family planning commodities, and many more essential medicines are available at the last mile health facilities. And they have a point—I have seen Coca-Cola in pretty much every village I’ve been to in Africa throughout my almost 20 years of going to these remote places.

However, that cannot be said for the south part of the Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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08.26 2015

As the VillageReach Field Officer in Gaza province, Mozambique, I work closely with the DPS (Provincial Directorate of Health) and the EPI manager, logistician, and the medical chief to make sure that the vaccine supply chain is performing in the most efficient way and with high quality results.

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