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Dec 3, 2009   |   Blog Post

Global Health Supply Chain Summit

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This week VillageReach President, Allen Wilcox, will be speaking at the 2nd Annual Global Health Supply Chain Summit. ¬†The theme of this years conference is “Bringing Government, NGOs, and Academia Together: What can be learned from the for-profit world?” ¬†We are excited to be included in this conference again this year- the theme alone could be a subtitle for VillageReach’s mission. ¬†Allen will be speaking about what logistics and supply chain bring specifically to the last-mile. ¬†VillageReach’s experience shows that since the last-mile is often much weaker than the rest of the health system, programs can have a disproportionately large impact by effecting change at this level. ¬†Our colleagues at the Zaragoza Logistics Center have been doing terrific work bringing their academic backgrounds to bear on problems in global health supply chains. ¬†As the “implementers” in the field, VillageReach has found that working with academics provides them with a useful real-life case study and provides us with access to sophisticated, cutting-edge, cross-sector knowledge and best practices, so far it’s really been a win-win and we are excited to continue the work.

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