Press Releases and News Featuring VillageReach

2017

Announcement – March 2, 2017 OpenLMIS announces the launch of OpenLMIS version 3, an open source logistics management information system (LMIS). Read the Announcement

Announcement – February 28, 2017 VillageReach expands work in social enterprise with the addition of the Med25  program.  Read the Announcement

2016

Press Release – October 14th, 2016 VillageReach Wins DREAMS Innovation Challenge. Read the Press Release

Seattle Crain’s – October 6th, 2016 A Mortuary Makes a Kenyan Health Clinic Sustainable. Read the article

Next Billion Blog – August 10th, 2016 Outsourcing Transport and Logistics in Global Health. Read the Blog

Press ReleaseJuly 18th, 2016 PEPFAR and DREAMS Partners Announce winners of the $85 Million DREAMS Innovation Challenge Read the Press Release

Press Release – July 26th, 2016 Airtel Boosts Healthcare Access with Chiptala Cha Pa Foni. Read the full Press Release

Global Washington – July 19th, 2016 Evan Simpson featured as a Changemaker in July 2016 Newsletter. Read the Article

Forbes – June 30th, 2016 The Next New Frontier For Drones: Saving LivesRead the Article 

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Press Release – June 21st, 2016 Drones Could Be Cheaper Alternative To Delivering Vaccines in Developing World. Read the full Press Release

Press Release – June 13th, 2016  VillageReach names Evan Simpson as its new President. Read the Press Release 

GeekWire  – May 6th, 2016  VillageReach Malawi Country Director Carla Blauvelt and VillageReach Vice President Emily Bancroft discuss the use of UAVs in overcoming barriers in healthcare delivery. Read the Article

Press Release-January 15th, 2016  VillageReach President Allen Wilcox will attend the 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland Read the Press Release

2015

VillageReach Optimizes Healthcare Data Collection- November 21, 2015 Insights into ODK Scan, Interview with VillageReach Technology Associate Rachel Powers Read the Article

Africa’s largest mobile carrier partners with VillageReach to expand and enhance mHealth servicesNovember 5th 2014 Airtel’s CCPF To Merge with Dial-a-Doctor Read the Press Release

The World Bank Development Marketplace- July 21, 2015 Bridging the public-private divide to scale-up health solutions: the story of VillageReach Read the Article

Press Release-June 19th, 2015  New Pharmacy Assistants Graduate in Malawi, Improving Patient Care at Critically Understaffed Rural Health Centers Read the Press Release

Press Release- March 27th, 2015 VillageReach President Invited to Schwab Foundation and Harvard Kennedy School First-Ever Executive Education Course for Late-Stage Social Entrepreneurs:  “The Art and Science of System Change” Read the Press Release

Press Release- March 19, 2015 VillageReach announces the launch of its new web site. Read Press Release

Press Release- February 17, 2015  Agence de Médecine Préventive (AMP), with Technical Support of VillageReach, Launches Système Informatisé d’Information de la Gestion Logistique (SIIGL) Read Press Release

Press Release- February 3, 2015 Nexmo and VillageReach Provide Aide to Young Women and Expecting Mothers in Malawi via SMS Text and Voice  Read the Press Release

2014

Press Release- December 18, 2014 New Google grant to fund Nexleaf and VillageReach expanded implementation of ColdTrace to get life-saving vaccines to children in Mozambique. Read Press Release

Press Release –  November 3, 2014  VillageReach Receives $1.8 Million from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation To Expand Vaccine Delivery Initiative.  Read Press Release

Press Release- October 13, 2014   New Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund VillageReach and University of Washington ODK Scan.  Read Press Release

The Guardian – April 28, 2014 Melinda Gates on the Nine Players Changing the Vaccine Game Melinda Gates acknowledged Margarida and VillageReach as a top global vaccine innovator.  Read the article.

Press Release – March 24, 2014 VillageReach President Allen Wilcox Named Schwab Foundation Entrepreneur of the Year. Read Press Release

GSMA Blog – February 2014  A Symbol of mHealth in Malawi: Her Name is Promise Read the post.

Mashable – January 2014 Tiny Call Center Provides Health Services to 200,000 People Read the article.

Voice of America – January 2014 Malawi Uses Mobile Phones to Promote Maternal Health  Read the article.

2013

Wired UK – December 2013 Bill Gates named Margarida Matsinhe from VillageReach as “one emerging talent whose ideas or influence will soon be part of our lives. Read the article.

Press Release –  June 18,2013 VillageReach Announces Final 20 Project – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Awards Grant to Improve Vaccine Delivery in Mozambique.  Read Press Release

Press Release – January 30, 2013 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Announces Winner of 2013 Gates Vaccine Innovation Award – Margarida Matsinhe recognized for her work making vaccines available to more children in Mozambique  Read Press Release

South Africa’s National Health Insurance (NHI) Will Benefit the Entire Region – August 30, 2013  Trevor Mundel, President of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses VillageReach, Africa & healthcare access. Read the article.

PBS NewsHour Story: Maternal Health Hotline Helps Malawians Stay Connected – April 26, 2013  Our CCPF program in Malawi is covered in a piece on the value of mobile technologies for health. See the Story

2012

Press Release – September 25, 2012   VillageReach, the Barr Foundation and the University of Washington Collaborate on New Three-year Program to Improve Supply Chain for Essential Medicines Read Press Release

GAVI Newsletter: The Civil Society Dose – December 2012  Case Study: Illuminating the last mile Read the article.

GAVI Newsletter: The Civil Society Dose – May 2012  Case Study: Improving Vaccine Logistics in Mozambique Read the article.

2011

Press Release – October 5, 2011  VillageReach will serve as a specialized resource partner for the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program implemented by MSH  Read Press Release

Press Release – June 2011 VillageReach Board of Directors Member Dr. Michael Free Named to Order of the British Empire Read Press Release

National Bureau of Asian Research – November 2011  Matching Realism with Aspiration – NBR Interviews Emily Bancroft on key considerations for applying technology to Global Health. Read the article.

Puget Sound Business Journal – October 28, 2011  Nonprofits Debate Merits of Admitting Failure – VillageReach is featured in this story on the benefits of transparency and reporting on mistakes. Read the article.

2010

Puget Sound Business Journal – April 22, 2010  Nonprofit revenue model evolves – In the current edition of the Puget Sound Business Journal, subscribers can read my story on Seattle-based VillageReach and the nonprofit’s new information management system that is aimed at helping global health groups better manage supply chains for health clinics. Read the article.

Puget Sound Business Journal – April 16, 2010  VillageReach nonprofit rolls out supply-chain management system – Despite recent gains in global health research and development, a local nonprofit says health care systems still face a significant bottleneck in how they deliver services and commodities to the world’s poor. Read the article.

2009

University of Washington Newsletter – A&S Perspectives, December 2009  Ensuring That Health Care Reaches “The Last Mile” – Craig Nakagawa (‘89), armed with an MBA and experience at Lehman Brothers and Teledesic, co-founded VillageReach, an NGO aimed at improving health care distribution systems in the most distant reaches of developing countries, beginning with Mozambique.Read the article.

University of Washington – Columns, November 2, 2009  Working Globally – As a cofounder of Seattle-based VillageReach, Craig Nakagawa values the UW as a resource for partnering on research and reaching talented students.  Read the article.

Seattle Times, September 2, 2009 Fremont nonprofit delivers vaccines and energy to world’s remote areas – VillageReach, a tiny nonprofit in Fremont, blends technology and entrepreneurship to deliver vaccines and energy to some of the least-developed areas in the world.  Read the article.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, September 1, 2009  Social Business Wins Big Investment – VillageReach, a nonprofit organization in Seattle, took a novel approach to trying to improve the health of people living in remote areas of Northern Mozambique. It started a propane-distribution company.  Read the article.

Seattle Times, September 1, 2009  VillageReach fuels change in global health delivery – VillageReach has figured how to get health care into the heart of remote communities that others haven’t managed to reach — the so-called “last mile” — and pay for it with a for-profit energy business.  Read the article.

2007

Chicago Booth Magazine, September 28, 2007  2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards: Craig Nakagawa, ’97 – Craig Nakagawa, ’97, left Wall Street to travel coach to Africa to get money from Bill Gates to bring vaccines to Mozambique.  Read the Article.

2005

Newsweek, July 25, 2005  Blaise Judja-Sato– A Wharton M.B.A. Brings Basic Health Care to the Poor of Rural Mozambique.  Read the article.

2004

Forbes, September 6, 2004  The Last Mile – Blaise Judja-Sato had a nice job selling telecom services–until he saw what the lack of vaccines was doing to the poor in Mozambique.  Read the article.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer, April 13, 2004  Propane powers vaccine program – Former telecom executive hits upon unlikely business pairing to improve African children’s health care.  Read the article.

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