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Supply Chain for Community Health Workers (SC4CHWs)

VillageReach is supporting the Liberia and Kenya Ministries of Health to strengthen key areas of the health system to ensure supplies get to under-reached populations.

Dec 14, 2023   |   Blog Post

Empowering CHWs with Digital Solutions: A Roadmap for Transforming Community Health

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are the backbone of primary health care, bridging the gap between hard-to-reach areas and essential health services. Their pivotal role in preventive and primary care and their unique rapport with communities call for innovative solutions to enhance their effectiveness. Digital...

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Sep 28, 2023   |   Blog Post

Together We Rise: The Power of Collaboration to Transform Health Care Delivery in Liberia

“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.” Edward Synge-Morley Radical collaboration is at the heart of VillageReach’s work. Over its two-decade history, VillageReach has collaborated with governments, the private sector and civil society organizations to develop, implement and...

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Jul 31, 2023   |   Blog Post

The CHA Kit: Ensuring Liberia’s Community Health Workers Have the Commodities They Need

There is a Liberian adage that says, “Water can’t pass by a hole.” Unfortunately, in providing Community health workers (CHWs) the essential medicines and health commodities they need to do their jobs, we still encounter many systemic “holes”. The “water” can’t pass by, and...

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Jun 20, 2023   |   Blog Post

Enhancing Liberia's Community Health Assistant Supply Chain

For the community health workers (CHWs) of Bomi County, Liberia, timely access to health products and supplies means they can serve their communities. In Liberia, where nearly 30 percent of people live at least 5 km from the closest health facility, it can also...

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May 5, 2023   |   Blog Post

A New Digital Solution to Support Liberia’s Community Health Workers

I looked over the edge of the bridge and then back to my team. Looking at the faces of my colleagues, it was clear they would prefer to turn back. Who could blame them? We had been traveling for hours through rough rainforest terrain...

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Apr 4, 2023   |   Blog Post

Fresh impetus for community health worker empowerment at CHW2023

“The moment before us is too important for us not to act now.” Former Liberian president, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, opened the 3rd International Community Health Worker (CHW) Symposium 2023 with a clarion call to recognize the current and potential contributions of CHWs...

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Aug 5, 2022   |   News

Highlighting the Importance of Integrated Services at AIDS 2022

“We simply cannot integrate services or leverage the full potential of Community Health Workers if they are not properly compensated, supported, and provided with the educational and material tools that they need to deliver their important work.” – Rebecca Alban, VillageReach

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Aug 3, 2022   |   News

Closing the Vision Gap With Liberia's Community Health Assistant Workforce

Imagine a life fundamentally changed by a $1 investment. For over 800 million people around the world, there’s a critical tool to sustain their livelihood that remains out of reach: a pair of non-prescription reading glasses.

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Jun 20, 2022   |   Blog Post

Designing solutions that meet health worker needs

Solving supply chain challenges, especially for community health workers (CHWs), requires a people-centered approach. This means solutions must be co-developed with key stakeholders, and a continuous feedback loop on performance and impact is critical to success. At VillageReach we use data and feedback from...

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Sep 8, 2021   |   Blog Post

Innovation in the Face of COVID-19

In a pandemic, innovation is not an option. It is a requirement. At VillageReach, innovation has long been a core value. We believe creativity and fearless exploration are essential to developing sustainable solutions that improve the availability of health services and foster lasting change...

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Jul 28, 2021   |   Blog Post

Getting PPE To The Last Mile

Originally posted on Skoll.org. As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic bore down in Democratic Republic of Congo in December 2020, Bébé Bola, a community health worker (CHW) in the Pakadjuma township of Kinshasa knew that she and her colleagues lacked the personal...

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Jan 20, 2021   |   Blog Post

Delivering health products on the road less traveled in Liberia: Part Two

Originally posted on medium.com. Community Health Workers (CHWs) are often the only link to primary health care services in under-reached communities around the world. This is the finale in a series (see part one here) that shows how strengthening supply chains supports CHWs, known as...

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Jan 13, 2021   |   Blog Post

Delivering health supplies on the road less traveled in Liberia: Part One

In Liberia, Community Health Workers (CHWs) are often the only link to primary health care services for the most under-reached communities. To support them, the Liberia Ministry of Health, Last Mile Health and VillageReach are working together to make sure they have access to...

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Dec 15, 2020   |   Blog Post

Building Stronger Community Health Systems Together

Originally posted on medium.com. In rural and remote communities around the world, people have to walk for hours or even days to reach the nearest clinic to access services and medicines, which may not even be available when they arrive. A people-centered health system...

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Background

For many living in remote areas of Africa, community health workers (CHWs) represent their sole connection to the public health system. These CHWs are essential for delivering cost-effective health care to everyone. However, they must be adequately equipped with the necessary health products and trained with relevant skills to carry out their jobs effectively. VillageReach collaborates with governments and communities to develop supply chain solutions tailored to CHWs’ needs and actively integrates them into national supply chain planning and distribution.

VillageReach is working with partners in Liberia and Kenya to strengthen key areas of the health care system to ensure people have access to health products where and when they need them.

Key Objectives:

  • Data: Deploy digital solutions to simplify community-level data collection, analysis and use.
  • Advocacy: Integrate CHWs into national public health systeFor many living in remote areas of Africa, community health workers (CHWs) represent their sole connection to the public health system. These CHWs are essential for delivering cost-effective health care to everyone. ms including supply chains.
  • Supply Chain Financing: Advocate for increased funding of health products/ supplies.
  • Transport: Refine last-mile delivery operations & modalities.

How We Measure Success:

  • Increased data availability: % of health facilities reporting CHW supply status
  • Increased supply chain expertise: difference between pre- and post-training assessments.
  • Increased use of data for supply chain decision-making: % of counties holding quarterly supply chain meetings where data is used to create action items
  • Improved on-time delivery of products to CHWs: % of CHWs who received at least one resupply visit during the month.
  • Improved supply availability for CHWs: % of CHWs with life-saving commodities in stock.
  • Improved record keeping: % of CHWs with stock card accuracy of 100%

Resources

Tool  |  2023

Improving Availability of Medicines and Supplies at the Point of Care in Liberia

Report  |  2023

The Republic of Liberia Supply Chain Master Plan 2023 – 2028

Report  |  2023

Human resources & community health systems Application of the PtD supply chain management theory of change in Liberia

Research  |  2021

Reducing missed opportunities for vaccination in Mozambique: cross-sectional assessment (2017)

Fact Sheet  |  2021

SC4CHWs: A New Approach in Liberia

Fact Sheet  |  2020

Integrating Eyeglasses into Community Health Supply Chains in Liberia

Fact Sheet  |  2020

Supplies at the Last Mile: Equipping CHWs in Liberia

Resource  |  2020

Arming Community Health Workers For Battle

Fact Sheet  |  2019

Supply Chain for Community Health Worker Program (SC4CHW) Overview

Report  |  2016

2015 Kwitanda Evaluation

Report  |  2014

2014 Kwitanda Evaluation

Report  |  2012

Kwitanda 2012

Report  |  2011

Kwitanda 2011

Report  |  2010

Kwitanda 2010

Program Impact

See the latest impact on the SC4CHWs Liberia and Kenya pages.

    Partners

    Government

    • The Liberia Ministry of Health
    • The Kenya Ministry of Health

    Technical Partners

    • Last Mile Health
    • Plan International
    • World Food Programme
    • Lwala Community Alliance

    Donors

    • UBS
    • Global Fund
    • Nomuntu

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    Supply Chain for Community Health Workers in Kenya

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    Kwitanda Community Health Program

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    Supply Chain Assessment, Modeling and System Design

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