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09.02 2009

After yesterday’s announcement of Oasis Fund’s investment in VidaGas, VillageReach has even more good news to share: VillageReach has been recognized by the 2009 Tech Awards as a Laureate in the Health Awards category!

Each year, the Tech Awards recognizes 15 global innovators who apply technology to the most critical issues affecting the world.  This year, VillageReach was selected from among hundreds of nominations representing 66 countries.  The Laureates are honored at a gala in San Jose in November.

VillageReach’s Management Information System (vrMIS) was recognized because of the significant impact it made in improving information and decision making in VillageReach’s Mozambique program.  Developing countries bear the greatest burden of infectious diseases, but they often have poor infrastructure to support critical public health programs.  VillageReach worked with the government of Mozambique to implement vrMIS which enabled health workers in the field to send and receive data in real time and as a result, empowered health workers to make the best possible decisions based on accurate and timely information.

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08.13 2009

The Rockefeller Foundation and Results for Development Institute just released their report that offers a landscape view of successful global healthcare financing and delivery models involving the private sector.  VillageReach’s model is recognized as an innovative model in supply chain management.    While the identified models span a wide variety of services and strategies, it is exciting to see a growing embrace of the role of the private sector in improving public health.  When VillageReach began in 2001, it often felt like there was mutual distrust between the public health and development professionals and the private sector entrepreneurs.  Reports like this are a nice reminder of how much and how quickly things have changed.

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