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Jun 26, 2020   |   Blog Post

VillageReach named ‘Outstanding Organization’ as part of WGHA’s 2020 Pioneers of Global Health Awards

A health care worker gives a child sitting on his mother's lap a vaccine. Credit: Denis Onyodi

By VillageReach

The Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) has announced the 2020 Pioneers of Global Health Award winners, which recognize people and organizations who work tirelessly to improve health equity around the world. VillageReach has been named the winner of the Outstanding Organization Award.

Judges commented that VillageReach is an exemplary organization and applauded the innovative approach, strong local leadership, and radical collaboration among diverse partners—values that are embedded into who they are and how they operate around the world. Judges specifically highlighted the collaboration with local governments to provide accurate information regarding COVID-19, supporting local community health workers, and facilitating ‘last mile’ supply chains—all with an intentional emphasis on equity.

“VillageReach is honored to be recognized as this year’s Outstanding Organization. But we could not have made an impact the last 20 years without the collaborative power of partnership. Working with governments, our health sector colleagues, donors, and private sector partners, we have been able to scale and sustain high impact solutions to health care delivery challenges that are reaching more than 42 million people across sub-Saharan Africa,” said Emily Bancroft, VillageReach president. “Our small but mighty team—spread over 13 countries across the globe—could never have reached this scale on our own. And only together will we create the systemic change still needed to put quality health care within reach for everyone.”

Winners were selected by a panel of global health experts chaired by Erin McCarthy, senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and WGHA board member. VillageReach will be honored at the Pioneers of Global Health Awards virtual celebration on October 28, 2020.

To see Washington Global Health Alliance’s entire press release about the award winners, click here.

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