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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.

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

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

Research  |  2020

Costing commodity delivery for obstetric emergencies in Malawi

Presentation  |  2020

Integrating Drones into the Health Supply Chain in DR Congo

Tool  |  2019

Malawi Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Toolkit

Presentation  |  2019

Integrating Drones into Immunization Supply Chains: DRC Case Study

Report  |  2019

Introducing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Vaccine Transport in the DRC

Research  |  2019

Bi-directional drones to strengthen healthcare provision: experiences and lessons from Madagascar, Malawi and Senegal

Presentation  |  2018

Stakeholder Awareness and Perception Assessment as a Prerequisite in Drone Flight Tests

Report  |  2018

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.

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

Fact Sheet  |  2022

Supply Chain Professionalization

Presentation  |  2022

Health Supply Chain Resilience Framework

Presentation  |  2022

Presentation at The Global Health Supply Chain Summit 2021

Fact Sheet  |  2021

Professionalizing the Supply Chain Workforce

Fact Sheet  |  2021

SC4CHWs: A New Approach in Liberia

Fact Sheet  |  2021

Supply Chain Integrators: Catalyzing Transformations in PHC

Report  |  2021

Protecting the Community Health Workforce During COVID-19

Research  |  2021

Optimized Supply Chain Model Reduces Health System Costs in DRC

Research  |  2021

Getting Products to People: Recommendations for Funders and Governments

Tool  |  2021

Equity approach to cold chain deployment: Application in Pakistan

Presentation  |  2021

SCICA Overview

Research  |  2021

Promoting equity in immunization coverage in Pakistan

Fact Sheet  |  2020

Drones for Health: Boosting Access to Lifesaving Products

Fact Sheet  |  2020

The Path to an Integrated Public Health Supply Chain in Mozambique

Fact Sheet  |  2020

Cadeia de abastecimento até à Unidade Sanitária

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.

eLMIS Implementations

A Better World through OpenLMIS (2:59)

eLMIS Resources

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)

Report  |  2015

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 Implementations

Community Health Resources

Research  |  2022

Community Health Workers in Pandemics: Evidence and Investment Implications

Fact Sheet  |  2021

SC4CHWs: A New Approach in Liberia

Report  |  2021

Protecting the Community Health Workforce During COVID-19

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

Research  |  2019

Routine Health Care in the Time of Ebola

Fact Sheet  |  2019

Supply Chain for Community Health Worker Program (SC4CHW) Overview

Fact Sheet  |  2019

Health Center by Phone (CCPF) Overview

Report  |  2016

2015 Kwitanda Evaluation

Report  |  2014

2014 Kwitanda Evaluation

Report  |  2012

Kwitanda 2012

Report  |  2011

Kwitanda 2011

Report  |  2010

Kwitanda 2010

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