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Ensuring health products
reach everywhere

Our Work in the DRC

VillageReach has worked in the DRC since 2015, collaborating with the Ministry of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention (MoH), the private sector and other partners to develop and implement high-impact sustainable solutions and programs, including Next Generation of Supply Chain (NGCA), Supply Chain Investment Coordination and Advocacy (SCICA), and Drones for Health.

Our work improves health care delivery by building tech-enabled pathways to primary health care and making health products available to people when and where they are needed.

Resources

Fact Sheet  |  2022

Leveraging Private Sector Capacity for Stronger and more Sustainable Public Health Systems

Report  |  2022

Using private sector firms for outsourced transportation in public health systems

Fact Sheet  |  2021

Democratic Republic of Congo Overview

Research  |  2021

Optimized Supply Chain Model Reduces Health System Costs in DRC

Presentation  |  2021

SCICA Overview

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

Presentation  |  2020

Integrating Drones into the Health Supply Chain in DR Congo

Research  |  2019

Leading from all levels: supply chain leadership capacity in Equateur, DRC

Presentation  |  2019

Integrating Drones into Immunization Supply Chains: DRC Case Study

Report  |  2019

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

Tool  |  2018

Increasing Access to Health Products in the DRC

Link  |  2018

The potential of next-generation supply chains to ease DRC’s “Casse-tête”

Watch & Learn

Améliorer l’accès aux soins de santé pour tous (2:46)

VillageReach croit qu’un autre monde est possible, un monde où chacun a les soins de santé nécessaires pour s’épanouir. Apprenez-en davantage sur la façon dont nous réimaginons les voies d’accès aux soins de santé primaires et sur la façon dont nous fournissons des produits aux gens pour transformer la prestation des soins de santé afin d’atteindre tout le monde.

The DRC by the Numbers

81.4M estimated population

70% employed in agriculture

17,000+ community health
workers received PPE
in 2020-21

1M+ Kinshasa children received vaccine against polio
in 2020-21

Our DRC team is led by Country Director Freddy Nkosi

Ensuring that health products reach everywhere, wherever people are, for continued provision of health services through innovative solutions, by putting the government’s needs first and partnering with the private sector, is a priority for VillageReach, in order to contribute to universal health coverage in DRC.”

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

It Takes A Village

Impact Story

I never back down from a challenge, and this one couldn’t be more difficult given the forest density, the river running through the province, and lack of roads.”

– Olivier Defawe, VillageReach Director, Health Systems

To watch the first day’s fleet of drones transport vaccines, medicine and laboratory samples to and from a tiny, hard-to-reach village called Widjifake was unimaginable — especially to this community who had never seen something so up close that could fly. The delivery took about 20 minutes compared to a six hour round trip journey by car or motorcycle on roads and worn down paths. I was awestruck to watch the same vaccines that were delivered by drone being administered to seven children at the Widjifake health center that day, a first in the DRC and Central Africa.

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Vaccinodrome Launches

Impact Story

We are eager to leverage the vaccinodrome and make vaccines readily available to people, especially where they are needed,”

– Dr. Elisabeth Mukamba Musenga, National Director of the EPI program in the DRC

With the support of the Provincial Health Division of Kinshasa and the EPI, a vaccinodrome has been set up at the Place des Évolués in the community of Gombe. The first site, which will be installed for the next three months, is located in one of the busiest districts of Kinshasa that is surrounded by several bus stops, hotels, institutions and office buildings. It will hope to vaccine 400 people per day.

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