VillageReach is an international NGO headquartered in Seattle, with field offices located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and Mozambique. Through collaboration with public and private sector partners, VillageReach seeks to increase access to quality health care for the world’s most underserved communities, bringing life-saving innovations to scale and sustainability.
VillageReach develops, tests, and implements solutions that uniquely address barriers at the lower levels or “last mile” of health care delivery in low-resource communities, including medicine availability, human resource constraints, data visibility, and lack of infrastructure.
Effective solutions require a deep understanding of local health systems, a diverse set of skills and expertise, and strong relationships on the ground in order to achieve sustainable impact. VillageReach’s experience – over a decade of studying and working in low-resource communities in sub-Saharan Africa and around the globe – has informed their focus on the areas that have the greatest potential for large-scale impact, to save lives and improve health outcomes.
One of the greatest challenges in healthcare in developing countries is the gaps that prevent medicines, vaccines, and services from reaching remote villages.
VillageReach's model addresses five last-mile logistical barriers
VillageReach's vision is to ncrease access to quality healthcare for the world’s most underserved communities.
VillageReach has increased immunization rates and launched a sustainable business, VidaGas, to provide key support.
Increase access to quality healthcare for the world’s most underserved communities.
Adoption of Model in Public Systems
Ministries of Health in Mozambique and other countries are logical partners to adopt innovations developed by VillageReach.
Public and philanthropic support; revenues from social enterprises.
Born in Cameroon, Blaise Judja-Sato was a successful U.S. businessman until a devastating flood in Mozambique prompted his return to Africa. While helping with relief efforts, he saw both the suffering of the rural poor and the frustration of nongovernmental organizations that could not get medicines across the “last mile” of remote country to those in need. He also realized that these last-mile barriers affected industries and others who might be willing to pay into a shared system that benefited everyone. He founded VillageReach in 2000 to build this infrastructure. VillageReach’s model addresses five last-mile logistical barriers: (1) human resource development, including training local health workers; (2) physical infrastructure; (3) support systems to manage clinic operations, maintenance, and inventory control; (4) community development, including preparing local organizations and Ministries of Health to take over ownership of projects; and (5) income generation through the development of social enterprises, to fill infrastructure gaps and subsidize programs. At the time of the Award, VillageReach was working with 90 clinics, serving 1.5 million people. Blaise has since left the organization, which is now led by Allen Wilcox.