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01.13 2021

In Liberia, Community Health Workers (CHWs) are often the only link to primary health care services for the most under-reached communities. To support them, the Liberia Ministry of Health, Last Mile Health and VillageReach are working together to make sure they have access to essential medicines for their communities. This photo essay is the first half in a two-part series showing how supplies arrive to CHWs, or Community Health Assistants as they are known in Liberia, in three counties that benefit from the Supply Chain for Community Health Workers program.

Read on to see where the distribution process begins for Rivercess County and what happens when health supplies arrive at a local facility.

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12.15 2020

Originally posted on Skoll.org.

No health worker should have to choose between treating their patients and keeping themselves and their families safe. However, as the global shortage and inequitable distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) continues, many health workers face this choice.

This reality is especially true for community health workers (CHWs) in low-and middle-income countries. Despite playing a central role in delivering essential health services, CHWs are often the last to receive PPE. For two Malawian CHWs, Raphael Salanga and Reuben Chipelesa, known as Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs), choosing between protecting themselves or serving their communities happens on a daily basis.

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12.15 2020

Originally posted on medium.com.

In rural and remote communities around the world, people have to walk for hours or even days to reach the nearest clinic to access services and medicines, which may not even be available when they arrive. A people-centered health system looks beyond health facilities to move vital health products more directly to people, wherever they live. Last Mile Health and VillageReach share a commitment to ensuring every person can access the health care they need — no matter where they live.

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11.16 2020

It is hard to believe that we are coming up on a year of the battle against COVID-19. And 53 million cases later, we are starting to see promising results from one of many vaccines in the race – a Pfizer experimental vaccine shown to be 90 percent effective.

So now, the world’s attention has shifted to preparing for future vaccines – including the huge undertaking to make them available. As Bill Gates laid out in a recent article “the world first needs three things: the capacity to produce billions of vaccine doses, the funding to pay for them, and the systems to deliver them.”

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10.23 2020

Originally posted on Medium.com

Sena Kwawu, VillageReach board member, has spent his career focusing on operational excellence, from leading Six Sigma/LEAN organizations, running risk management at an insurance firm, being on the executive team overseeing global coffee supply chains at Starbucks, to managing operations at Frontdoor, Inc, a US-based home services business. This week, he shared his private sector expertise as a plenary speaker at the 16th TechNet Conference, a gathering of immunization professionals from around the world committed to strengthening immunization services.

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08.24 2020

Being responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic for VillageReach has meant engaging in radical collaborations and responding to the present while designing for the future. We have been working from a set of principles over the last seven months, and one of the outcomes is a powerful initiative – the COVID-19 Action Fund for Africa (the Fund): a personal protective equipment (PPE) initiative for community health workers (CHWs).

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06.29 2020

One of VillageReach’s employees, Paulin Kaza, had his young life tragically cut short in a car accident on June 25, 2020. Paulin has been VillageReach’s provincial coordinator in Tanganikya, a Southeast province of DRC, since he started with the organization in December 2018.

Paulin made those around him better — all who knew Paulin were buoyed by his support and moved by his joyful spirit.  Paulin was passionate making sure all children had access to health care, which was part of what motivated him and made him proud of his work at VillageReach.  He was well-respected by his colleagues, the provincial health leadership and partners, and known for solving problems.

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06.29 2020

Notre collègue Paulin Kaza a vu sa jeune vie tragiquement interrompue dans un accident de voiture le 25 juin 2020. Paulin était le coordinateur provincial de VillageReach au Tanganyika, une province du sud-est de la RDC, depuis ses débuts avec l’organisation en décembre 2018.

Paulin a inspiré ceux qui l’entouraient – ceux qui le connaissaient étaient émus par son soutien et son esprit joyeux.  Paulin était passionné de s’assurer que tous les enfants avaient accès aux soins de santé, ce qui le motivait et le rendait fier de son travail à VillageReach. Il était très respecté par ses collègues, le personnel provincial de la santé et les partenaires, et était connu pour trouver des solutions aux problèmes.

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