What We Do | Products to People
Making health products available
when and where they are needed
Products to People
Twenty years of working with ministries of health has resulted in our deep expertise in building the systems that deliver. Our knowledge of supply chain performance enables us to identify the strategies for improving how lifesaving health products reach the last mile.
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.
- People-Centered Solutions
- A-Z Project ManagEment
- Technical Advice
- Evidence Generation
to support medical commodity
distribution and lab sample transport
in the DRC, Malawi and Mozambique.
and increasing the understanding
of contextual use of drones by
engaging with communities.
for drone operations and
Including public and private
and supporting the development
of the regulatory environment.
to competitive bidding and
solving operational challenges
evidence of benefits
for drone transportation and amplifying
research through the UAV for Payload
Delivery Working Group (UPDWG).
Drones for Health Resources
Quality Analysis of Tuberculosis Specimens Transported by Drones versus Ground Transportation
Technical note: Integrating drone transport into public health supply chains
Drones for Health: Boosting Access to Lifesaving Products
Demonstrating the Potential of Drones for Vaccine Transport to Remote Communities
Insights Before Flights: How Community Perceptions Can Make or Break Medical Drone Deliveries
How to select a drone service provider
Costing commodity delivery for obstetric emergencies in Malawi
Integrating Drones into the Health Supply Chain in DR Congo
Malawi Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Toolkit
Integrating Drones into Immunization Supply Chains: DRC Case Study
Introducing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Vaccine Transport in the DRC
Bi-directional drones to strengthen healthcare provision: experiences and lessons from Madagascar, Malawi and Senegal
Stakeholder Awareness and Perception Assessment as a Prerequisite in Drone Flight Tests
UAVs for Laboratory Sample Transport in Mozambique: Pilot Story
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.
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.
- Transport Logistics Solutions
- Human Resources
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.
- Conveniently accessible to all
- Available when needed
- Usable at the point of delivery
Supply Chain Implementation Resources
Last Mile Supply Chain Overview 2022
Supply Chain Professionalization
Health Supply Chain Resilience Framework
Presentation at The Global Health Supply Chain Summit 2021
Professionalizing the Supply Chain Workforce
SC4CHWs: A New Approach in Liberia
Supply Chain Integrators: Catalyzing Transformations in PHC
Protecting the Community Health Workforce During COVID-19
Optimized Supply Chain Model Reduces Health System Costs in DRC
Getting Products to People: Recommendations for Funders and Governments
Equity approach to cold chain deployment: Application in Pakistan
Promoting equity in immunization coverage in Pakistan
Drones for Health: Boosting Access to Lifesaving Products
The Path to an Integrated Public Health Supply Chain in Mozambique
Data Driven Decisions
Many health workers and supply chain workers in sub-Saharan 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.
A Better World through OpenLMIS (2:59)
OpenLMIS-Vitalliance Partnership Announcement
OpenLMIS Features Overview
OpenLMIS Briefing Document
Last Mile Supply Chain Overview
Open Source Solutions for Data Management: A Comparison Guide
HMIS-LMIS Integration: Generalized Use Cases based on Assessments in Three Countries
The Role of System Design: Mozambique Impact Summary
OpenLMIS Feature Guide
Lessons Learned in Reaching the Final 20: Building a Next-Generation Immunization Supply Chain in Mozambique
Integrated RMNCH Dashboards
Technology, People & Processes: Enabling Successful HMIS/LMIS Integrations
OpenLMIS : An Introduction
Performance Report of the Dedicated Logistics System (2015)
DRC Supply Chain Assessment (English)
Performance Report of the Dedicated Logistics System (2014)
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 Resources