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USAID Report – Using Last Mile Distribution to Increase Access to Health Commodities.

USAID Report – Using Last Mile Distribution to Increase Access to Health Commodities.  A VillageReach co-authored report on last mile distribution models to improve healthcare access.

Moving Health Commodities in Africa: Private sector transport for public health systems

August 4, 2014
The Next Billion

By John Beale. VillageReach recently completed this assessment of the Mozambique Ministry of Health’s (MISAU) transport fleets and logistics practices to identify key opportunities for improvement. The assessment also considered the unique business environment and practices of commercial transport operators to determine if MISAU’s freight transport and distribution requirements could be outsourced to the private sector. The research coincides with the ministry’s investigation of outsourcing its transport in order to improve operating efficiency, access higher-quality resources and vehicles, gain access to innovations developed in the private sector, and free up internal resources to address core health systems functions. The author is VillageReach’s director of strategic development and head of private sector engagement.

Rapid diagnostic test supply chain and consumption study in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

August 2, 2014
Malaria Journal

Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are particularly useful in low-resource settings where follow-through on traditional laboratory diagnosis is challenging or lacking. The availability of these tests depends on supply chain processes within the distribution system. In Mozambique, stock-outs of malaria RDTs are fairly common at health facilities. A longitudinal cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate drivers of stock shortages in the Cabo Delgado province.

Rapid diagnostic test supply chain and consumption study in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

August 2, 2014
Malaria Journal

Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are particularly useful in low-resource settings where follow-through on traditional laboratory diagnosis is challenging or lacking. The availability of these tests depends on supply chain processes within the distribution system. In Mozambique, stock-outs of malaria RDTs are fairly common at health facilities. A longitudinal cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate drivers of stock shortages in the Cabo Delgado province…

Final 20 Policy Paper 3 - System Design: Repair or Replace?

August 1, 2014
Final 20 Policy Paper 3 - System Design: Repair or Replace?

Part Three of the Reaching the Final 20 Policy Paper Series. A new policy paper on the vaccine supply chain. This paper considers the broader concept of system design and how all components of a supply chain can fit together to be most efficient. This is the third paper in our Final 20 series that looks at the different components of the supply chain, addresses the challenges faced at the last mile for distribution and presents examples of innovative approaches to address those challenges.

Evaluation of Health System Transport Capacity and Demand

June 1, 2014
VillageReach

This report examines current conditions of transport fleets and logistics practices managed by the Mozambique Ministry of Health (MISAU), evaluates the health system’s transport ability to fulfill its goals, and considers the unique business environment and practices of private transport operators in Mozambique in order to suggest conditions under which private sector transporters could support MISAU’s freight transport and distribution requirements.

Path summary

A Summary for the Field Testing for the Smart Electrochlorinator 10,000

June 1, 2014
PATH

Improving access to chlorine solution for infection prevention in health centers. Published by PATH.

Final 20 Policy Paper 2: Other Duties as Required

May 1, 2014
Final 20 Policy Paper 2: Other Duties as Required

Part Two of Reaching the Final 20 Policy Paper Series. This second paper in the series focuses on the role of human resources and the specific challenges facing individuals within the health system to adequately address the needs of vaccine supply chains, particularly in low resource communities. The Final 20 series looks at the different components of the supply chain, addresses the challenges faced at the last mile for distribution and presents examples of innovative approaches to address those challenges.

Starting at the Last Mile: Rethinking Medical Supply Chains in Low Income Countries

February 27, 2014
VillageReach

This paper describes the challenges of effecting improvements in healthcare distribution systems and VillageReach’s approach, streamlining logistics, applying digital information systems, and leveraging the private sector to improve community infrastructure capacity.

Private Sector Engagement Guidance Document (updated)

January 19, 2016
United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodites, Technical Reference Team on Private Sector Engagement

Through work with the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, VillageReach has taken the lead on developing this Private Sector Engagement Guidance Document. Through a collaborative process, it has been developed to provide guidance to stakeholders on identifying opportunities where public and private sector parties can work together to increase access to high quality life-saving commodities and the process for engagement to ensure a productive and smooth process for all parties involved. Download the Guide Here.

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