Press Releases and News Featuring VillageReach
Malawi Government – February 28, 2020 VillageReach and the Malawi Ministry of Health and Population were recognized by His Excellency Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi. Chipatala cha pa Foni was recognized as a Driver of Transformative Initiatives in Malawi.
Card Rates News – January 27, 2020 VillageReach was featured on CardRates.com, including an interview with president Emily Bancroft. Read the article.
Press Release – December 17, 2019 In Equateur province, Democratic Republic of Congo, Parliamentarians have taken bold steps to commit to sustainable health financing. Read the press release.
Announcement – December 10, 2019 VillageReach announces new board members. Read the announcement.
Skoll Foundation Spotlight – November 21, 2019 Program manager Upile Kachila reflects on some of the biggest lessons learned from the CCPF transition to government. Read the article.
Upworthy & Good – September 11, 2019 The story of the drone flights in Democratic Republic of Congo is shared, including a video of the drone taking off. Read the article.
Kiro Radio – August 27, 2019 President Emily Bancroft talks with Dave Ross from Kiro Radio on the history of VillageReach and its collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Swoop Aero and Gavi to use drones to deliver vaccines and medicine to a rural clinic in DRC. Listen to the news segment.
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance – August 27, 2019 A video was produced that showcased the work of the drone delivery of vaccines to a rural clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Watch the video.
The Medium – August 27, 2019 Olivier Defawe published an op-ed about experiencing the vaccine delivery by drone in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the importance of collaboration. Read the article.
UAS Weekly – August 12, 2019 A collaboration including the Ministry of Health, VillageReach and Swoop Aero, and with funding by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has vaccinated the first children receiving vaccines by drone in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read the article.
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance – August 12, 2019 Freddy Nkosi, Senior Manager of Advocacy and Program Communications, was interviewed about the importance of drone flights in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read the interview.
Infosalus – August 9, 2019 A collaboration between VillageReach, the Ministry of Health, Swoop Aero, and funding by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance saw the delivery of vaccines by drone in Democratic Republic of Congo. Read the article (Spanish).
AllAfrica – August 9, 2019 The drone flight press release was posted on AllAfrica.com. Read the press release.
Commercial Drone Weekly – August 9, 2019 A collaboration between VillageReach, the Ministry of Health, Swoop Aero, and funding by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance saw a fleet of drones transported vaccines, syringes and medicines to a hard-to-reach village called Widjifake in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read the article.
Puget Sound Business Journal – August 9, 2019 President Emily Bancroft was interviewed about the drone flights in DRC that delivered vaccines to a rural clinic. Read the article.
Actualite – August 8, 2019 An article details the drone flights in Democratic Republic of the Congo that delivered vaccines and other health commodities to a rural clinic. Read the article.
Geekwire – August 8, 2019 The collaboration between VillageReach, the Ministry of Health, Swoop Aero and funding by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance was reported on, including an interview with Drones for Health lead Olivier Defawe. Read the article.
Press Release – August 8, 2019 A successful collaboration between the Ministry of Health, VillageReach and Swoop Aero, and with funding by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, saw a drone fleet transport vaccines to immunize children in remote health facilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read the press release.
AP Congo – August 7, 2019 The drone flights in DRC have successfully transported vaccines which is an exciting innovation given the many rivers and lack of roads in Équateur province. Read the article (French).
Gavi.org – July 26, 2019 VillageReach was selected as a Gavi INFUSE Pacesetters for 2019. Read the article.
Mail & Guardian – July 18, 2019 The Health Systems Entrepreneurship project shared VillageReach’s framework on how to manage the transition from social solutions to government ownership in order to highlight why sharing best practices between health organizations is key to promoting collaboration. Read the article.
Stanford Social Innovation Review – June 24, 2019 Bvudzai Magadzire, Melissa West, Emily Lawrence, Julia Guerette & Barbara Jones-Singer wrote a framework for nonprofit and private-sector organizations working to transfer the implementation of their solutions to government agencies. Read the article.
Obama Foundation Leaders- 2019: Bvudzai Magadzire, the Senior Technical Advisor for Research and Advocacy in South Africa, was selected to join the 2019 class of the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program. She is one of 200 leaders selected from more than 7,000 applicants across the continent. Read the press release.
World Bank Blog- June 10, 2019 Communications Director Melissa West wrote an article published on the WBB website about reasons to invest in health for the excluded. Read the Article.
Forbes – April 22, 2019 President Emily Bancroft shares her path to CEO and three ways for women to begin their journey to their own leadership positions. Read the article.
Cyclone Idai Update – March 31, 2019 Vice President Patrick Sikana provides an update on relief efforts and VillageReach’s response. Read the update.
Press Release – March 30, 2019 VillageReach and MaiKhanda Trust announced that MaiKhanda will assume responsibility for the Kwitanda Community Health Project (KCHP) in the Balaka district of Malawi. Read the press release.
Cyclone Idai Relief Support – March 22, 2019 President Emily Bancroft provides an overview of relief efforts in the wake of Cyclone Idai, and ways to support. Read the update.
CASE in Point Podcast – March 6, 2019 President Emily Bancroft shares her personal journey, the history of VillageReach and lessons on government partnerships learned along the way. Listen to the podcast here.
Crosscut – February 1, 2019 In light of Washington’s measles epidemic, President Emily Bancroft shares four ways Washington can learn from Africa’s vaccination programs. Read the article here.
Elsevier: Vaccine Journal – December 19, 2018 Ruth Bechtel, Mozambique country director, and colleagues examine how microneedle patch (MNP) technology may provide additional benefits beyond the point-of-use, particularly for vaccine supply chains. Read the article here.
The British Medical Journal – December 7, 2018 Carla Blauvelt, country director, and colleagues describe a multisectoral collaboration that enabled the scale up of Chipatala cha pa Foni (CCPF) – Health Center by Phone – service and its transition to government in Malawi. Read the article.
Announcement – October 17, 2018 Patrick Sikana named as vice president of VillageReach. Read the announcement.
Announcement – October 17, 2018 Craig Usswald hired as director, supply chain. Read the announcement.
Stanford Social Innovation Review – September 27, 2018 This story was written by Emily Bancroft and highlights six lessons in sustainable impact for NGO leaders based on the VillageReach work in DRC. Read the story.
Scaling Pathways – September 26, 2018 VillageReach featured in Scaling Pathways, “Leveraging Government Partnerships for Scaled Impact.” Read the paper.
VOA Africa – August 2, 2018 Highlights the positive impact CCPF has in increased care for maternal health in Malawi. Watch the story.
Press Release – July 15, 2018 WGHA announces VillageReach and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands as winners of the 2018 Pioneers of Global Health Awards for Outstanding Collaboration. Read the press release.
CGTN Africa – July 13, 2018 Highlights CCPF and its role in improving access to health information in Malawi. Watch the story.
Seattle Met – May 22, 2018 VillageReach Goes the Last Mile. Read the story.
Announcement – May 22, 2018 USAID awards VillageReach $14.7 million for Last Mile Supply Chain Project. Read the announcement.
The Financial Post – April 20, 2018 Insights from the Skoll World Forum, VillageReach’s Alinafe Kasiya highlighted. Read the article.
Press Release – April 14, 2018 The Malawi Ministry of Health notifies the public of humanitarian drone flights beginning on April 18, 2018. Read the press release.
Skoll Perspectives – March 26, 2018 From Theirs to Ours: Proximity and the Power of Relationship by Alinafe Kasiya, Malawi Country Director. Read the blog.
Press Release – February 2, 2018 The Malawi Ministry of Health Announces Nationwide Expansion of CCPF. Read the press release.
The Skoll Foundation- January 2018 Sustainable Health Solutions for the Last Mile: VillageReach Builds Them and Lets Them Go. Read the story.
Announcement- December 6, 2017 Emily Bancroft Named President of VillageReach. Read the announcement.
Madison Park Living Magazine – November 2017– VillageReach profiled for “Making a Difference” feature. Read the article.
Press Release- November 2, 2017 VillageReach selected as a recipient of Bull City Learning Next Generation Immunization Training Grants. Read the press release.
People that Deliver – September 2017 Combatting pharmacy personnel shortages in Malawi. Read the article.
Announcement- August 24, 2017 VillageReach announces President transition. Read the announcement.
The Fullest- July 25, 2017 VILLAGEREACH: SERVICING AFRICA’S LAST MILE Read the article.
Press Release – May 2, 2017 The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship launch a new report: Beyond Organizational Scale: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Systems Change Read the Press Release
Announcement – March 2, 2017 OpenLMIS announces the launch of OpenLMIS version 3, an open source logistics management information system (LMIS). Read the Announcement
Announcement – February 28, 2017 VillageReach expands work in social enterprise with the addition of the Med25 program. Read the Announcement
Press Release – October 14th, 2016 VillageReach Wins DREAMS Innovation Challenge. Read the Press Release
Seattle Crain’s – October 6th, 2016 A Mortuary Makes a Kenyan Health Clinic Sustainable. Read the article
Next Billion Blog – August 10th, 2016 Outsourcing Transport and Logistics in Global Health. Read the Blog
Press Release – July 18th, 2016 PEPFAR and DREAMS Partners Announce winners of the $85 Million DREAMS Innovation Challenge Read the Press Release
Press Release – July 26th, 2016 Airtel Boosts Healthcare Access with Chiptala Cha Pa Foni. Read the full Press Release
Global Washington – July 19th, 2016 Evan Simpson featured as a Changemaker in July 2016 Newsletter. Read the Article
Forbes – June 30th, 2016 The Next New Frontier For Drones: Saving Lives. Read the Article
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Press Release – June 21st, 2016 Drones Could Be Cheaper Alternative To Delivering Vaccines in Developing World. Read the full Press Release
Press Release – June 13th, 2016 VillageReach names Evan Simpson as its new President. Read the Press Release
GeekWire – May 6th, 2016 VillageReach Malawi Country Director Carla Blauvelt and VillageReach Vice President Emily Bancroft discuss the use of UAVs in overcoming barriers in healthcare delivery. Read the Article
Press Release-January 15th, 2016 VillageReach President Allen Wilcox will attend the 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland Read the Press Release
VillageReach Optimizes Healthcare Data Collection- November 21, 2015 Insights into ODK Scan, Interview with VillageReach Technology Associate Rachel Powers Read the Article
Africa’s largest mobile carrier partners with VillageReach to expand and enhance mHealth services – November 5th 2014 Airtel’s CCPF To Merge with Dial-a-Doctor Read the Press Release
The World Bank Development Marketplace- July 21, 2015 Bridging the public-private divide to scale-up health solutions: the story of VillageReach Read the Article
Press Release-June 19th, 2015 New Pharmacy Assistants Graduate in Malawi, Improving Patient Care at Critically Understaffed Rural Health Centers Read the Press Release
Press Release- March 27th, 2015 VillageReach President Invited to Schwab Foundation and Harvard Kennedy School First-Ever Executive Education Course for Late-Stage Social Entrepreneurs: “The Art and Science of System Change” Read the Press Release
Press Release- March 19, 2015 VillageReach announces the launch of its new website. Read Press Release
Press Release- February 17, 2015 Agence de Médecine Préventive (AMP), with Technical Support of VillageReach, Launches Système Informatisé d’Information de la Gestion Logistique (SIIGL) Read Press Release
Press Release- February 3, 2015 Nexmo and VillageReach Provide Aide to Young Women and Expecting Mothers in Malawi via SMS Text and Voice Read the Press Release
Press Release- December 18, 2014 New Google grant to fund Nexleaf and VillageReach expanded implementation of ColdTrace to get life-saving vaccines to children in Mozambique. Read Press Release
Huffington Post- December 2014, A Relief for Rural Health Workers. Read the Blog
Press Release – November 3, 2014 VillageReach Receives $1.8 Million from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation To Expand Vaccine Delivery Initiative. Read Press Release
Press Release- October 13, 2014 New Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund VillageReach and University of Washington ODK Scan. Read Press Release
The Guardian – April 28, 2014 Melinda Gates on the Nine Players Changing the Vaccine Game Melinda Gates acknowledged Margarida and VillageReach as a top global vaccine innovator. Read the article.
Huffington Post – April 2014 Start at the Last Mile to Overcome barriers to healthcare delivery. Read the Blog by Allen Wilcox.
Press Release – March 24, 2014 VillageReach President Allen Wilcox Named Schwab Foundation Entrepreneur of the Year. Read Press Release
GSMA Blog – February 2014 A Symbol of mHealth in Malawi: Her Name is Promise Read the post.
Mashable – January 2014 Tiny Call Center Provides Health Services to 200,000 People Read the article.
Voice of America – January 2014 Malawi Uses Mobile Phones to Promote Maternal Health Read the article.
Wired UK – December 2013 Bill Gates named Margarida Matsinhe from VillageReach as “one emerging talent whose ideas or influence will soon be part of our lives. Read the article.
Press Release – June 18, 2013 VillageReach Announces Final 20 Project – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Awards Grant to Improve Vaccine Delivery in Mozambique. Read Press Release
Press Release – January 30, 2013 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Announces Winner of 2013 Gates Vaccine Innovation Award – Margarida Matsinhe recognized for her work making vaccines available to more children in Mozambique Read Press Release
South Africa’s National Health Insurance (NHI) Will Benefit the Entire Region – August 30, 2013 Trevor Mundel, President of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses VillageReach, Africa & healthcare access. Read the article.
PBS NewsHour Story: Maternal Health Hotline Helps Malawians Stay Connected – April 26, 2013 Our CCPF program in Malawi is covered in a piece on the value of mobile technologies for health. See the Story
Press Release – September 25, 2012 VillageReach, the Barr Foundation and the University of Washington Collaborate on New Three-year Program to Improve Supply Chain for Essential Medicines Read Press Release
GAVI Newsletter: The Civil Society Dose – December 2012 Case Study: Illuminating the last mile Read the article.
GAVI Newsletter: The Civil Society Dose – May 2012 Case Study: Improving Vaccine Logistics in Mozambique Read the article.
Press Release – October 5, 2011 VillageReach will serve as a specialized resource partner for the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program implemented by MSH Read Press Release
Press Release – June 2011 VillageReach Board of Directors Member Dr. Michael Free Named to Order of the British Empire Read Press Release
National Bureau of Asian Research – November 2011 Matching Realism with Aspiration – NBR Interviews Emily Bancroft on key considerations for applying technology to Global Health. Read the article.
Puget Sound Business Journal – October 28, 2011 Nonprofits Debate Merits of Admitting Failure – VillageReach is featured in this story on the benefits of transparency and reporting on mistakes. Read the article.
Puget Sound Business Journal – April 22, 2010 Nonprofit revenue model evolves – In the current edition of the Puget Sound Business Journal, subscribers can read my story on Seattle-based VillageReach and the nonprofit’s new information management system that is aimed at helping global health groups better manage supply chains for health clinics. Read the article.
Puget Sound Business Journal – April 16, 2010 VillageReach nonprofit rolls out supply-chain management system – Despite recent gains in global health research and development, a local nonprofit says health care systems still face a significant bottleneck in how they deliver services and commodities to the world’s poor. Read the article.
University of Washington Newsletter – A&S Perspectives, December 2009 Ensuring That Health Care Reaches “The Last Mile” – Craig Nakagawa (‘89), armed with an MBA and experience at Lehman Brothers and Teledesic, co-founded VillageReach, an NGO aimed at improving health care distribution systems in the most distant reaches of developing countries, beginning with Mozambique. Read the article.
University of Washington – Columns, November 2, 2009 Working Globally – As a cofounder of Seattle-based VillageReach, Craig Nakagawa values the UW as a resource for partnering on research and reaching talented students. Read the article.
Seattle Times, September 2, 2009 Fremont nonprofit delivers vaccines and energy to world’s remote areas – VillageReach, a tiny nonprofit in Fremont, blends technology and entrepreneurship to deliver vaccines and energy to some of the least-developed areas in the world. Read the article.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, September 1, 2009 Social Business Wins Big Investment – VillageReach, a nonprofit organization in Seattle, took a novel approach to trying to improve the health of people living in remote areas of Northern Mozambique. It started a propane-distribution company. Read the article.
Seattle Times, September 1, 2009 VillageReach fuels change in global health delivery – VillageReach has figured how to get health care into the heart of remote communities that others haven’t managed to reach — the so-called “last mile” — and pay for it with a for-profit energy business. Read the article.
Chicago Booth Magazine, September 28, 2007 2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards: Craig Nakagawa, ’97 – Craig Nakagawa, ’97, left Wall Street to travel coach to Africa to get money from Bill Gates to bring vaccines to Mozambique. Read the Article.
Newsweek, July 25, 2005 Blaise Judja-Sato– A Wharton M.B.A. Brings Basic Health Care to the Poor of Rural Mozambique. Read the article.
Forbes, September 6, 2004 The Last Mile – Blaise Judja-Sato had a nice job selling telecom services–until he saw what the lack of vaccines was doing to the poor in Mozambique. Read the article.
The Seattle Post Intelligencer, April 13, 2004 Propane powers vaccine program – Former telecom executive hits upon unlikely business pairing to improve African children’s health care. Read the article.