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May 13, 2024   |   Blog Post

Working Together for Impact: VillageReach Board Visits Africa Regional Hub

Group photo of VillageReach staff with Board Members.

By Ronald Ngeno

Program Communication Manager

We were excited to host the VillageReach Board Chair Sena Kwawu and Board Member Dr. Norah Obudho at the Africa Regional Hub Office in Nairobi on May 9th. The focus of the discussions was on shared goals and future opportunities.

A Vision Realized: The Africa Regional Hub
The Board Members highlighted the Africa Regional Hub as a significant milestone, representing a six-year vision for a stronger presence across the continent. This physical hub positions us perfectly to expand our impact.

Further, the Board emphasized VillageReach’s unique knowledge and experience in health care delivery. They encouraged us to leverage this expertise by collaborating with Ministries of Health throughout Africa. Sharing our best practices has the potential to greatly improve health outcomes across the continent.

A Heartfelt Thank You
The Board took a moment to express their sincere appreciation for the dedication of our staff. Sena Kwawu acknowledged everyone’s contributions, both past and future: “My whole goal is to say thank you. Thank you for what you have done and for those who are new, thank you for what you are going to do.”

From left: Dr Norah Obudho, Board Member and Sena Kwawu, Board Chair

Our Core Mission: Lifesaving Access to Medicines
The Board reaffirmed our organization’s core mission: ensuring that everyone, everywhere, has access to essential medicines. This shared goal should guide all our efforts.

The Board also clarified its primary role in providing governance and strategic direction. They conduct extensive research on our work and constantly explore possibilities to maximize our future impact.

Empowering Staff for Greater Impact
The Board offered valuable insights on how we, as staff, can further amplify our impact:

  • Embrace Continuous Learning: always strive to learn and grow, never settling for the status quo.
  • Tackle Challenges Head-On: Don’t shy away from difficult tasks. Embrace them as opportunities to create positive change.
  • Leverage Networks: Build strong connections and utilize them for the benefit of both individual and organizational growth.

This inspiring visit from the Board has energized the entire team. We are excited to move forward, united in our mission to transform healthcare access across Africa.

The full VillageReach Board is meeting this week in Lilongwe, Malawi. This is the first time the Board will be meeting on the African continent and they will have an opportunity to see firsthand the work country teams do.

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