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10.16 2019

Reaching the Under-Reached: 2020 – 2023 Goals and Strategies

The world has changed greatly in the nearly 20 years since our founders – Blaise Judja-Sato, Craig Nakagawa, Lionel Pierre, and Didier Lavril – joined forces with Mrs. Graça Machel’s Foundation for Community Development in Mozambique to make sure every health center in Northern Mozambique had regular access to vaccines. This year, VillageReach staff and board of directors stepped back to reflect on where we have been since then and where we are going. Today I am thrilled to share with you the results of this reflection – VillageReach’s 2020-2023 Goals and Strategies.

VillageReach’s 2020-2023 Goals and Strategies

Over the past two decades, we have seen extraordinary progress and improvement to health in low-and middle-income countries. Due to economic growth in much of sub-Saharan Africa, more people have access to quality health services than ever before. But progress is not accelerating fast enough – nor is it equitable.

Young mothers support each other during early childhood. Photo: Denis Onyodi. 

This is a pivotal moment, as a global community we must address the health care inequities that still exist for millions of under-reached people.

VillageReach envisions a world where each person has the health care needed to thrive. Yet in our world, inequality unfairly decides who has access to quality health care and who does not. We strongly believe that now is the time to act with urgency and in partnership to build the primary health care system of the future and address inequities to achieve universal health coverage. We must accelerate the shift to people-centered health systems that are flexible and responsive to people’s needs.

VillageReach’s commitment to people-centered health systems is the cornerstone of our Goals and Strategies for 2020-2023.

Over the next four years:

  • We will accelerate the development of people-centered health systems to reach the most under-served, resulting in improved access to quality health care for an additional 15 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • We will be a global leader in radical collaboration with governments and the private sector to sustain and scale equitable primary health care delivery solutions.

The urgent need for health care to reach all communities at the last mile led to the founding of VillageReach nearly 20 years ago. Now our work increases access to quality health care for more than 35 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.

Thank you for your partnership and continued support on this journey.

With gratitude,

Emily Bancroft

President

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