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What We Do  |  Products to People

Making health products available
when and where they are needed

Products to People

VillageReach has a supply chain portfolio that ensures the supply of lifesaving vaccines and health products arrives at the last mile. High-performing public health supply chains are a critical component of a responsive primary health care system that delivers health products and services. They must be equitable, people-centered, resilient and sustainable. The design guarantees the delivery of products to primary health care facilities and community health workers across Africa.

Lifesaving Health Care Takes Flight

VillageReach’s Drones for Health solution improves access to health products by integrating drones into supply chains. In collaboration with governments, the private sector and non-governmental organizations, we are demonstrating the potential to improve product availability and increase equitable access to lifesaving medicines and vaccines. Drones help to save time where it is more geographically challenging for cars, motorcycles or boats to reach and also have the potential to create cost-efficiencies.

Drones for Health Global Implementations

UAV for Payload Delivery Working Group (UPDWG) website

Our Expertise

  • Implementation
  • People-Centered Solutions
  • Toolkits
  • A-Z Project ManagEment
  • Technical Advice
  • Evidence Generation
Managing drone
delivery programs

to support medical commodity
distribution and lab sample transport
in the DRC, Malawi and Mozambique.

Identifying local
health needs
and increasing the understanding
of contextual use of drones by
engaging with communities.

Developing tools,
trainings and
feasibility tests
for drone operations and
business models.

Including public and private
partner coordination
and supporting the development
of the regulatory environment.

From selecting
technology providers
to competitive bidding and
solving operational challenges

Generating robust
evidence of benefits
and costs

for drone transportation and amplifying
research through the UAV for Payload
Delivery Working Group (UPDWG).

Drones for Health Resources

Presentation  |  2023

Drones for Health: Speeding up Lab Sample Transport – ASLM Conference (Dec 2023)

Report  |  2023

Malawi drones for health randomised control trial: Baseline report

Presentation  |  2023

Drones on Demand: Malawi Process Evaluation Results – GHSC Summit (Nov 2023)

Report  |  2023

Optimizing Specimen Referral in Mozambique with Drones

Report  |  2023

Innovations in Digitizing Health Supply Chains in Africa: Market Intelligence Report (July 2023)

Report  |  2023

Lessons learned in the transportation of healthcare products by drones

Presentation  |  2022

Endline performance and cost evaluation of medical drone deliveries in Equateur, DRC: November 2022

Report  |  2022

UAV Project: The Use of Drones in Transporting Vaccines From the Factory to the Patient

Fact Sheet  |  2022

Leveraging the Integrated Medical Drone Delivery System for COVID-19 Response in Malawi

Research  |  2022

Quality Analysis of Tuberculosis Specimens Transported by Drones versus Ground Transportation

Report  |  2022

Technical note: Integrating drone transport into public health supply chains

Fact Sheet  |  2020

Drones for Health: Boosting Access to Lifesaving Products

Fact Sheet  |  2020

Demonstrating the Potential of Drones for Vaccine Transport to Remote Communities

Research  |  2020

Insights Before Flights: How Community Perceptions Can Make or Break Medical Drone Deliveries

Fact Sheet  |  2020

How to select a drone service provider

Supply Chain Integrators

VillageReach’s Supply Chain Integrators is a catalytic investment to build health care supply chains that are demand-driven, resilient and integrated. This investment will standardize, strengthen and integrate supply chain workforces—transforming them from ad hoc, global donor-funded networks into a sustainable and structured workforce endorsed by local communities and national governments.

Supply Chain Integrators Overview

Program Objective 1:

Public health supply chains are more integrated and resilient

Program Objective 2:

Government leadership and stewardship of supply chain investments strengthened

Program Objective 3:

Private sector increases participation in primary health care

Program Objective 4:

Funders and implementors integrate perspectives and practices for supply chain integration

Building the Next Generation of Supply Chains

High-performing supply chains are essential to ensuring that vaccines, contraceptives, and essential medicines reach the last mile. We work with governments to design and implement equitable supply chains that meet country-specific needs.

Supply Chain Implementations

Our Expertise

  • Transport Logistics Solutions
  • Human Resources
  • Equity

VillageReach helps ministries of health address transportation issues such as expensive vehicle fleets and tough terrain to deliver health products where they are needed most. This can include outsourcing transportation or warehousing to third party providers (3PLs) to improve transportation reliability, efficiency, or responsiveness in low-resource settings.

Supply Chains are only as strong as the people managing them. VillageReach works with supply chain personnel, and the health care workforce at the national and local levels to ensure they have the training, resources and products they need for health care delivery.

Applying an equity lens to addressing supply chain barriers can help ensure health products are:

  • Conveniently accessible to all
  • Available when needed
  • Usable at the point of delivery

Supply Chain Implementation Resources

digital tools chws
Tool  |  2024

Digital Tools for CHWs: Strengthening the community supply chain with data visibility

Report  |  2024

Beyond the Health Facility: Strengthening Community Supply Chains

sc4chw
Resource  |  2024

SC4CHW Toolkit

immunization strengthening project
Fact Sheet  |  2024

Immunization Collaborative Supply Planning Strengthening Project

Fact Sheet  |  2024

DAI Technical Assistance for Health Supply Chain and Pharmaceutical Management Consortium

Tool  |  2024

Health Supply Chain Professional Career Pathways

Report  |  2024

Improving Reach to Zero-Dose and Under-Immunized Children: Considerations for GAVI 6.0

Fact Sheet  |  2024

Summary of Public Health Emergency Lessons Learned in Mozambique: Part 2

Report  |  2023

SAPICS Year End E-Zine 2023

Tool  |  2023

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

Tool  |  2023

Integrating Outsourced Transport: Supply Chain Toolbox Infographic

Tool  |  2023

Leveraging a Supply Chain Equity Guide to Vaccinate Zero-Dose Children

Report  |  2023

Target Software Standards v2.5.7

Fact Sheet  |  2023

Building a Pipeline of Supply Chain Professionals through Education: Malawi

Report  |  2023

The Republic of Liberia Supply Chain Master Plan 2023 – 2028

Data-Driven Decisions

Many health workers and supply chain workers across Africa do not have access to reliable and accurate data to effectively manage medical supply chains. The electronic logistics management information system (eLMIS) solution can improve, support and automate supply chain data collection and processes in alignment with global standards and best practices.

OpenLMIS is an open-source eLMIS software that is customizable and specifically designed for low-resource settings. To ensure the software’s sustainability and growth VillageReach transitioned management of OpenLMIS to private sector company Vitalliance Corporation.

eLMIS Implementations

A Better World through OpenLMIS (2:59)

eLMIS Resources

Report  |  2023

Target Software Standards v2.5.7

Presentation  |  2021

OpenLMIS-Vitalliance Partnership Announcement

Fact Sheet  |  2020

OpenLMIS Features Overview

Fact Sheet  |  2020

OpenLMIS Briefing Document

Fact Sheet  |  2019

Last Mile Supply Chain Overview

Tool  |  2017

Open Source Solutions for Data Management: A Comparison Guide

Report  |  2017

HMIS-LMIS Integration: Generalized Use Cases based on Assessments in Three Countries

Tool  |  2016

The Role of System Design: Mozambique Impact Summary

Fact Sheet  |  2016

OpenLMIS Feature Guide

Tool  |  2016

Lessons Learned in Reaching the Final 20: Building a Next-Generation Immunization Supply Chain in Mozambique

Report  |  2016

Integrated RMNCH Dashboards

Report  |  2016

Technology, People & Processes: Enabling Successful HMIS/LMIS Integrations

Tool  |  2016

OpenLMIS : An Introduction

Report  |  2015

Performance Report of the Dedicated Logistics System (2015)

Report  |  2015

DRC Supply Chain Assessment (English)

Equipping Community Health Workers

For many people living in remote areas in Africa community health workers (CHWs) are their only touchpoint with the public health system. CHWs are critical to achieving health care for all in a cost-effective manner, but first they must be equipped with the health products they need to serve their communities. VillageReach works with governments and communities to design supply chain solutions that focus on CHW needs, and work to integrate them into national supply chain planning and implementation.

Community Health Implementations

Community Health Resources

digital tools chws
Tool  |  2024

Digital Tools for CHWs: Strengthening the community supply chain with data visibility

Report  |  2024

Beyond the Health Facility: Strengthening Community Supply Chains

sc4chw
Resource  |  2024

SC4CHW Toolkit

Research  |  2024

Using community-based, participatory qualitative research to identify determinants of routine vaccination drop-out in Malawi

Tool  |  2023

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

Report  |  2023

Integrating Community Insights to Build Responsive Primary Health Care Systems

Report  |  2023

The Republic of Liberia Supply Chain Master Plan 2023 – 2028

Report  |  2023

Cyclone Freddy response

Research  |  2023

Leveraging community health workers as vaccinators: a case study exploring the role of Malawi’s Health Surveillance Assistants in delivering routine immunization services

Research  |  2023

From idea to systems solution: enhancing access to primary care in Malawi

Report  |  2023

Applying a human resources for supply chain management theory of change in Liberia

Report  |  2023

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

Fact Sheet  |  2023

Technical Note: Leveraging Community Health Workers to Vaccinate in Malawi

Research  |  2023

Community Health Workers as Vaccinators: A Rapid Review of the Global Landscape, 2000–2021

Report  |  2023

Case Study: Demand Generation at COVID-19 Vaccination Sites in CI and DRC

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