Our Work in Mozambique
VillageReach’s story began in Mozambique, where we started work to strengthen supply chains and get products to people in 2000. Today, we collaborate with the Ministério da Saúde de Moçambique (MISAU), the private sector and other partners to develop and implement high-impact sustainable solutions and programs, including Last Mile Supply Chain (LMSC), Drones for Health, and strengthening MISAU’s Public Health Emergency Operation Center (PHEOC).
Determinants of immunisation dropout among children under the age of 2 in Zambézia province, Mozambique
Using private sector firms for outsourced transportation in public health systems
Reducing missed opportunities for vaccination in Mozambique: cross-sectional assessment (2017)
VillageReach Mozambique Overview
Drones for Health: Boosting Access to Lifesaving Products
The Path to an Integrated Public Health Supply Chain in Mozambique
Insights Before Flights: How Community Perceptions Can Make or Break Medical Drone Deliveries
Cadeia de abastecimento até à Unidade Sanitária
How to select a drone service provider
Landscape Analysis of Electronic Immunization Registries
LMSC: Ensuring the availability of medical supplies at the last mile
Mozambique EIR Requirements Report
Improved Last Mile Healthcare Delivery
Last Mile Supply Chain Overview
Watch & Learn
A Partnership for Reaching the Last Mile (3:09)
The partnership between government and the private sector is improving the lives of health workers and people in communities across Mozambique. By outsourcing the distribution of medicines and supplies to Bollore, the program Last Mile Supply Chain (LMSC) supports 50% of health centers in the provinces of Zambézia, Tete, Nampula, Inhambane, and Sofala.
Mozambique by the Numbers
80% employed in
800+ facilities reached by
LMSC in 2020-21
Cervical Cancer Vaccine Launches
My dream is to be a singer. And I would also like all the children to be vaccinated.”
– Agnes, pictured with Lúria, Sheyla and VillageReach’s Rotafina Donco
Lúria, Agnes and Sheyla were among the first Mozambicans to receive a vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer, after their school was chosen to launch the cervical cancer vaccination. Of the 5,500 women who contract cervical cancer per year in Mozambique, more than 4,000 end up dying from the illness, an average of 11 deaths per day. This vaccine could change everything.
Delivering Against All Odds
“Different types of transport are being used to deliver medicines… the cargo must be carried by someone.”
– Shabana Gafar, Bolloré Implementation Manager, Last Mile Supply Chain.
On a Friday in early March, a Bollore truck transporting medicines from the provincial warehouse in Quelimane to the district warehouse in Molumbo found itself trapped in mud on a main road. As the situation continued to worsen, locals from nearby came to free the truck by pushing it, with no luck. They then attempted to hire a local tractor, which was also unsuccessful requiring the delivery drivers to spend the night safeguarding the payload of medicines. This led to another day of attempts – including hiring two additional tractors. Through their unwavering determination, the medicines were eventually transferred to a truck hired from Molumbo, which successfully delivered the medicines to the community that needed them.