Emily Bancroft, President

I am excited to announce three new leaders for VillageReach — two who are stepping into new roles, and one who we welcome to the VillageReach family. As an organization that is committed to leadership that represents the diversity of our global team, we value the growth and evolution of leaders within our incredible staff of 160 people around the globe.

First, I am thrilled to announce that Ruth Bechtel will be our new Vice President, Programs. Ruth’s leadership has been integral to our growth and development in Mozambique. Now in this new role she will continue…


Olivier Defawe, VillageReach Director Health Systems / Drones for Health Lead

It never ceases to amaze me that the DRC government, with its drone provider Swoop Aero and our DRC VillageReach team, have re-supplied health centers more than 100km away (4–10 hours by road and/or boat) using a fleet of four drones, for five days per week since the beginning of 2021. These remarkable drones travel 8–11 hours each day over dense forest and the Congo River in Equateur province — an extremely challenging terrain — without reliable connectivity (even SatCom)!

Drone in Equateur province, DRC.

Over 90 working days, Swoop Aero’s fleet of drones…


Addressing vaccine hesitancy is not a new challenge in public health. But the issue has been thrust into the spotlight since COVID-19 vaccinations began, often with a myopic focus on the refusal of people to use available doses. The result? A single story that clouds the real, complex barriers to vaccine uptake.

A child is immunized in Kwitanda, Malawi. Photo credit: Paul Joseph Brown

Vaccine hesitancy is defined as the delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite their availability. According to the World Health Organization’s “3C’s model” there are three main factors at play: confidence, complacency and convenience.

  • Complacency appears when there is a low perceived risk of vaccine-preventable diseases so…

Last Mile Supply Chain (LMSC) is an innovative and efficient model for medicines and vaccines distribution, implemented by VillageReach in partnership with the Government of Mozambique and private sector companies in 2018. The Gaza and Inhambane provincial government introduced LMSC in November 2020 and January 2021, respectively, with Maputo province beginning operations in May 2021.

With the objective to improve the LMSC implementation process, three provinces gathered in Inhambane province with a unique opportunity to share experiences on how to respond to the changes resulting from the new distribution model.

Respected doctors, EPI leads and logisticians made up the delegation…


by Joseph Roussel, Director, PSE and Tapiwa Mukwashi, Director, Supply Chain

Outsourcing can provide governments with access to efficient, reliable services that leverage the private sector’s know-how and existing assets. Partly due to the COVID-19 response, there is an increasing focus on using private sector logistics firms for in-country public health logistics operations, mostly for warehousing and transportation. In addition to competition, using multiple suppliers, through a multi-supplier strategy, can have major benefits.

Through the years, VillageReach has brokered public-private partnerships successfully, and it believes that the global health sector is just scratching the surface of possibilities. To promote this…


VillageReach and Emerging Public Leaders co-hosted a session at this year’s Skoll World Forum entitled “The Elephant in the Room: Exploring the Funder-Government Power Dynamics.” The session highlighted some of the issues that inhibit shared power and identified tangible examples to help close the distance between opposing systems of funders and governments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Several panelists agreed to answer additional questions from audience members that weren’t able to be covered during the session. (Watch the full session on Youtube and read the Devex article for context and speakers.)

How do we close the distance between the different sides’…


By Kat Tillman

It seems like there is no shortage of twists and turns as the vaccine rollout continues across the world. Yesterday in Washington State, we saw the latest of developments when Governor Inslee placed a hold on the administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines for what the State Department of Health calls an ‘abundance of caution.’

VillageReach volunteers Chongsun Ahn, Trisha Patek, Mi Le, Christine Lenihan, Sierra Petrosky standing outside a Seattle-King County Public Health Clinic from where they transport vaccines to high volume sites on a daily basis.
VillageReach Vaccine Heroes from right to left: Chongsun Ahn, Trisha Patek, Mi Le, Christine Lenihan, Sierra Petroskyoutside a Seattle-King County Public Health Clinic from where they transport vaccines to high volume sites on a daily basis.

For VillageReach, we recognize that safety is the most important aspect of this rollout, and trust the FDA and CDC’s expertise to ensure the safety of these vaccines. …


Desde o início da pandemia da COVID-19, a maioria dos serviços básicos foi afectada. Com a crescente pressão sobre o sector da saúde, os governos e parceiros tiveram que adoptar soluções inovadoras para reduzir a perturbação da prestação dos serviços e minizar o sofrimento das pessoas.

A VillageReach trabalha com o governo de Moçambique na implementação do programa Cadeia de Abastecimento até à unidade sanitária (LMSC — sigla em Inglês) desde 2018, um modelo eficiente para o transporte de medicamentos e vacinas, em parceria com empresas do sector privado.

Quando o primeiro caso da COVID-19 foi reportado em Moçambique em…


A drone flies across remote communities in Malawi. | Photo Credit: Swoop Aero

Today, VillageReach and Focusing Philanthropy launched a campaign to raise $2 million. The Drones for Health Deliver campaign aims to increase equitable access to health products and diagnostics for almost 3 million people in hard-to-reach areas in Malawi and Mozambique via drone technology.

As part of its responsive supply chain solutions, VillageReach uses drones to leap-frog ground transportation barriers.

In Malawi, VillageReach and Swoop Aero will scale up the first national two-way drone delivery service in the world, expanding drone delivery from 25 to over 105 health facilities. Drones will also deliver medical products and pick up lab samples for…


Alvo Ofumane, Manager, Advocacy and Communications

Since COVID-19 started, most basic services were hugely affected. With the growing pressure over the health sector, governments and partners had to put in place innovative solutions to reduce disruptions of service delivery and minimize the suffering of people.

VillageReach has been working with the government of Mozambique to implement the Last Mile Supply Chain (LMSC) program since 2018, an efficient model for medicines and vaccines distribution, in partnership with private sector companies.

When the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Mozambique in March 2020, LMSC covered three provinces of the country. With…

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