At the heart of universal health coverage (UHC) is leaving no one behind. Remarkable efforts are underway to energize culture, activate politicians and align global actors to prioritize actions that reach the poorest and most marginalized people first. The health, economic and social benefits of UHC are well-documented. At VillageReach, three additional reasons inspire us to lead with the last in order to ensure access to affordable and quality health services for all.Read full story
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
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
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.
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
Scaling Pathways—a collaboration between USAID, the Skoll Foundation, Mercy Corps and CASE at Duke—released its second paper in the Theme Study Series, “Leveraging Government Partnerships for Scaled Impact.” Emily Bancroft, President of VillageReach, shares strategies and learnings from nearly 20 years of partnership with governments which are highlighted throughout the paper; the blog below further illuminates the evolution of these partnerships.Read full story
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Vibrio cholerae can steal through a community quickly and quietly. This bacteria spreads in water or food, causing acute diarrhea that can cause severe dehydration and death in just a few short hours. But, cholera is both preventable and treatable.
Zambian Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya has seen first-hand the impact of cholera, and understands the vital role governments must play. As he said in a recent African Center for Disease Control (CDC) board meeting, it is unacceptable that a preventable and treatable disease such as cholera has continued to claim millions of lives worldwide. Dr. Chilufya agreed to sponsor a resolution on the elimination of cholera at the 2018 World Health Assembly – an important step towards global action.Read full story
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. – Theodore Parker
This week we celebrate World Health Worker Week. I cannot think of a better testimony to health workers than those shown in “Bending the Arc”, a documentary chronicling the journey of the people behind Partners in Health. The VillageReach team gathered to screen this film, which beautifully chronicles the health workers, patients, and activists who demonstrate the value of building a “preferential option for the poor” in health care.Read full story