I am pleased to share VillageReach’s 2018 Annual Impact Report with you. This year’s report demonstrates the gains we made last year in collaboration with Ministries of Health across sub-Saharan Africa and our private and non-profit partners. It takes a deep level of commitment to build sustainable solutions that increase access to health care for all, and we appreciate our generous donors and partners who help make this possible.
Last week I attended assessment meetings with the government and members of the international development community in Maputo. The situation is even more critical with the new threat of waterborne diseases. On Sunday, Ussene Isse, the national director of medical assistance, confirmed 517* cases of cholera. In response, WHO is dispatching 900,000 doses of oral cholera vaccine.Read full story
I’ve been fortunate to work with pioneering government leaders across sub-Saharan Africa, people who are leading their countries to identify and introduce solutions for pressing health challenges. There are many reasons that some new ideas take off while others fizzle. But when it comes to reaching remote populations, Malawi didn’t let complexity get in the way. Instead, the government chose to figure out some of the practical details.Read full story
Almost one week ago, Cyclone Idai touched down off the coast of Mozambique, hitting Beira and nearby villages and leaving a path of destruction across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Now it is a race against time for frontline aid workers, who are working quickly to reach thousands of people trapped by the flooding.Read full story
This year’s Africa Health Agenda International Conference focused on the theme: Multi-sectoral Action to Achieve Universal Health Coverage in Africa. VillageReach colleagues Alvo Ofumane, Lucky Gondwe, and Mr. Isaac Dambula from the Ministry of Health in Malawi represented VillageReach programs SampleTaxi, Project Izizi and Health Center by Phone respectively.Read full story
As a mom who spends most of her waking hours thinking about how to improve health around the world, I’ve never thought twice about whether I vaccinate my son. I know that not all of my neighbors in the Seattle area feel this way, but the decision for me is rational. Vaccines are safe, they prevent disease, and they are relatively low cost and easy to obtain.
Helena José Virgílio, José Maria, and Pedro Terezanane represent hundreds of heroes who, come rain or come shine, guarantee the availability of medicines and other medical commodities in health centers. As a result, patients countrywide have access to the medicines they need. In addition to being the day-to-day heroes who ensure the availability of medicines in the health centers, they share the same expectations for the introduction of the Last Mile Supply Chain program.Read full story
A Success Story
Pharmaceutical management is something that Kelliter Chizinga had always wanted to study and pursue as a career. In November 2016, Chizinga’s passion for being of service to the community motivated her to enroll at the Malawi College of Health Sciences in Lilongwe in a two-year pharmacy assistant certificate program that aimed to train and deploy 650 pharmacy assistants across Malawi by 2020.Read full story
Reposted from OpenLMIS
The latest release of the OpenLMIS software, version 3.5, is a major accomplishment for the Initiative and a milestone for public health supply chain stakeholders globally. 3.5 is the sixth major release since the re architecture and represents how implementers continue to obtain value from the community.Read full story
The BMJ published a case study led by VillageReach for a special series on ‘Making Multisectoral Collaboration Work’. It is based on the seven-year journey of Chipatala cha pa Foni (CCPF), a health hotline that started in one small district in 2011 and is now available to Malawians from every district, nationwide.Read full story