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Supply Chain Professionalization

VillageReach believes a high-performing public health supply chain requires a professionalized workforce.

May 30, 2024   |   Blog Post

Gender Equity in the Supply Chain Workforce

In my 7 years of working at VillageReach equity has always been a core value of the organization. We want to increase equitable access to health care for under-reached communities. And a critical way of increasing access to health care for vulnerable populations in...

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May 23, 2024   |   Blog Post

Bridging the Gap: Health Care Delivery in Southern Malawi

By Charles Matemba (Senior Manager, VillageReach), Tafwirapo Chihana (M&E Manager, VillageReach), Dr Mike Chisema (EPI Manager, Ministry of Health) and Ken Msiska (Lulanga Environmental Health Officer, Mangochi District Council) Traveling to the Maganga health facility, in Mambo, Malawi, presents a formidable test of patience...

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May 15, 2024   |   Press Release

DAI-Led Consortium Featuring VillageReach to Bolster Health Supply Chains for USAID’s NextGen Program

May 15, 2024 – VillageReach is proud to announce its participation in a consortium awarded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract as part of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Health Comprehensive Technical Assistance for Health Supply Chain and Pharmaceutical Management (Comprehensive...

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Apr 25, 2024   |   Blog Post

Saving Lives by Saving Time: Improving Polio Lab Sample Transport

Originally published in the VillageReach 2023 Annual Impact Report, “Running the Race, Together.”  In a remote village of Pibor County, South Sudan, fear gripped Nram (1) as he observed his child’s weakening legs. Polio, a disease notorious for crippling limbs, loomed large in his...

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Apr 25, 2024   |   Blog Post

Next Generation Supply Chain+: An Integrated Approach to Reach UHC

Originally published in the VillageReach 2023 Annual Impact Report, “Running the Race, Together.”  Five years ago, something stirred in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Africa’s second-largest country. A plan to rapidly boost childhood immunization formed around the realization that “routine is the new...

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Mar 21, 2024   |   Blog Post

Building an ecosystem of fit-for-purpose supply chain leaders

Transformative change is not possible without catalytic leaders. The importance of these leaders goes beyond their impact, but also their role in inspiring others. At PtD (People that Deliver) Indaba held in Bangkok in early March, I was recently reminded of the importance of...

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Mar 3, 2024   |   News

EPI experts trained in supply chain leadership

Experts from the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) have successfully completed the Supply Chain Leadership Training, STEP 2.0 . The certificate award ceremony for this second cohort of the training program took place Friday March 1 at the PEV headquarters in Kinshasa.

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Mar 1, 2024   |   News

DRC: PEV executives benefit from strategic training on the supply chain

16 executives of the Expanded Vaccination Program (EPI) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) received, during a solemn ceremony organized Friday in Kinshasa, their certificates of participation in the strategic training for health executives in leadership of the supply chain (Step 2.0).

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Feb 21, 2024   |   Podcast

Supply Chain Leadership Across Africa: Using Innovation to Transform African Health Care Supply Chains

Originally posted on Supply Chain Now. How are innovations helping to transform public health supply chains? How are technology providers and analytics specialists working with the health sector to bring cutting-edge capabilities so each person has the health care needed to thrive? During this...

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Jan 24, 2024   |   Blog Post

Opinion: Why we need to professionalize the health supply chain workforce

Originally posted on Devex.  The supply chain management skills gap is one of the reasons why more than half of the African population lacks access to essential medicines. A professional supply chain workforce is key to remedy this and achieve universal health coverage. After...

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Jan 22, 2024   |   Podcast

Supply Chain Leadership Across Africa: The Complex World of Logistics in Public Health

Originally posted on Supply Chain Now.  Integrating private sector resources and capacity into public health supply chains is critical for building high-performing supply chains that are equitable, people-centered, resilient and sustainable. In a new Episode of Supply Chain Now: Supply Chain Leadership Across Africa...

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Jan 8, 2024   |   Blog Post

A Meeting of the Minds: Empowering Supply Chain Reform Champions

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb So much of my work as an advocacy professional is about bringing people together to create a collective voice for collective action. Last month, I...

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Jan 8, 2024   |   News

DAI Poised to Support USAID’s NextGen Health Supply Chain Programming

DAI is pleased to announce that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded DAI a place on its Global Health Comprehensive Technical Assistance for Health Supply Chain and Pharmaceutical Management (Comprehensive TA) contract, a competitive contracting mechanism designed to ensure that USAID...

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Dec 11, 2023   |   Blog Post

‘Beyond the Last Mile’: The Story of Rose Magayi

The health care workforce is the backbone of strong, resilient and people-centered health systems. However, the World Health Organization projects a shortfall of 10 million health workers by 2030, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. Africa has a shortage of health workers, with only...

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Dec 7, 2023   |   Blog Post

Africa CDC Introduces the 5Cs at CPHIA 

At the 3rd International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA), the energy was high as attendees engaged in inspiring and idea-rich conversations. This year’s theme was “Breaking Barriers: Repositioning Africa in the Global Health Architecture.” VillageReach participated by leading various dialogues, plenaries and...

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VillageReach builds public health supply chains to be equitable, people-centered, resilient and sustainable. Managing a high-performing supply chain with these attributes requires a professional supply chain workforce.

We define this professionalization as the standardization and institutionalization of national supply chain roles, competencies and training and certification requirements. The ultimate goal of our supply chain professionalization efforts are to create a sustainable pipeline of locally, adequately trained supply chain professionals

Supply chain professionalization requires government stewardship and multisectoral partnership in order to strengthen a country’s supply chain and ensure consistent access to quality health care.

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Report  |  2024

Understanding Gender Imbalance in the Public Health Supply Chain Workforce: Executive Summary

Report  |  2024

Understanding Gender Imbalance in the Public Health Supply Chain Workforce: Research Findings and Recommendations

Fact Sheet  |  2023

Building a Pipeline of Supply Chain Professionals through Education: Malawi

Fact Sheet  |  2023

Girls on the Move Program Factsheet

Presentation  |  2023

Getting Started with Supply Chain Professionalization Video Presentation

Fact Sheet  |  2022

Getting Started with Supply Chain Professionalization Graphic

Fact Sheet  |  2022

Supply Chain Professionalization

Fact Sheet  |  2021

Professionalizing the Supply Chain Workforce


Career Pathways

VillageReach is working with partners to strengthen educational and career pathways for supply chain professionals (particularly among women and youth). Currently these pathways tend to be unclear and filled with barriers. These graphics are intended for governments and their implementing partners and donors working to professionalize the supply chain workforce. They highlight two pathways for becoming a supply chain professional. The first graphic shows common challenges, while the second graphic shows potential solutions, with references to available tools, to improve pathways for becoming an established, skilled, supported and motivated supply chain professional.



  • DRC Ministry of Health
  • Mozambique Ministry of Health
  • Malawi Ministry of Health
  • Liberia Ministry of Health


  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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