NAIROBI, 31 January 2024 – Today, VillageReach opened its Africa Regional Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, marking a significant milestone in the organization’s commitment to enabling closer support for its countries of operation and establishing stronger links with regional partners. This move also opens strategic opportunities to partner more closely with the Kenyan Ministry of Health, further integrating VillageReach into Kenya’s vibrant global health community.
The establishment of the hub is in line with VillageReach’s mission to transform health care delivery to everyone and its 2030 strategy, whose aim is to reduce inequities in access to quality primary health care for 350 million people over the next six years.
“As a locally driven and globally connected organization, we have long been committed to increasing placement of leadership presence and allocating resources closer to our work. 73% of our global staff are based throughout Africa. Having a strategic center on the continent to support their work ensures that VillageReach is prepared to deliver on our new 2030 Strategy,” said Emily Bancroft, CEO and President of VillageReach. “The hub will increase collaboration and streamlined operational support to our country teams and our partners across the 15 countries we support.”
As part of VillageReach’s new 2030 Strategy, the Africa Regional Hub office in Nairobi will facilitate collaboration with governments, the private sector and partners internationally and within Kenya to rapidly replicate and scale innovative, responsive primary health care solutions that can efficiently navigate the complexities of health care delivery and make substantial impact on a continental scale.
VillageReach is already working closely with the Kenyan Ministry of Health to expand the country’s Health Hotline capabilities and reach. The partnership extends to tackling polio outbreaks, where they work jointly to improve the sample transportation processes, ensuring swift and high-quality sample delivery from community health centers to national and international laboratories. To do this, the organization is strengthening the capacity of health workers and providing crucial support through digital tools that unlock vast health care information and keep health workers at the forefront of best practices ultimately improving the quality of care they deliver.
VillageReach is also partnering with the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Migori County and Lwala Community Alliance to ensure community health workers have seamless access to essential health products, in addition to working with the private sector and non-governmental organizations to support the MoH through data-driven decision-making for formulation of effective health care policies. This approach seeks to deepen engagement with the private sector for greater impact and aligns with the organization’s goal of fostering sustainable health care solutions in Kenya and beyond.
“Kenya was selected as the Africa Regional Hub due to its strategic positioning. We are confident in the country’s ability to contribute significantly to progress in the global health sector and look forward to deep collaborations with the Ministry of Health in Kenya. Our presence here presents an opportunity for VillageReach to create new partnerships that will enable us to collectively build the responsive primary health care systems needed to reduce inequity in access to quality health care throughout Africa,” said Claudia Shilumani, Vice President of Partnerships and Impact.
VillageReach transforms health care delivery to reach everyone. We are driven by a vision of a world where each person has the health care needed to thrive. VillageReach works with governments, the private sector, partners and communities to build responsive primary health care systems that deliver health products and services to the most-under-reached. As a locally driven and globally connected organization working across Africa, VillageReach’s primary goal is to reduce inequities in access to quality primary health care for 350 million people by 2030.
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