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 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…

By Hope Ngwira, Senior Manager, Advocacy & Communications

The Honorable Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda MP (second from right), Minister of Health, visits Chileka Health Center during a PPE donation ceremony.

Last year, Malawi received a much-needed shipment of PPE from China. PPE was an obscure acronym for many people prior to COVID-19. Today, these are products for which health workers are desperate. Miraculously, on March 25, 2020, Malawi received a shipment of PPE from the Chinese government. Surgical face masks, surgical gloves, infrared thermometers, medical goggles, boot covers and more were received to meet health workers’ most immediate needs in the country.

Global shortages, international transport challenges, customs clearance and other issues made getting PPE into Malawi a tremendous achievement. But getting…

By Emily Bancroft, President, VillageReach

I never thought I’d be so excited by pictures of boxes being unloaded from airplanes. When I saw the photos come streaming across social media this week, I breathed a deep sigh of relief. The pallets being wheeled onto the tarmac meant that COVID-19 vaccines had arrived in Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Côte d’Ivoire, Malawi and many other African countries. As government officials and partners began to unpack the containers, we all knew the hard work was just beginning.

Malawi officials receive COVAX delivery at Kamuza International Airport. | Photo Credit: Hope Ngwira

Over the last year, as the scientific community quickly mobilized to develop…

Today, Malawi became the tenth African country to receive COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility. 360,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca doses arrived at the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe to great fanfare, as Malawi recently suffered an intense second wave of COVID-19 infections.

Officials proudly stand together in celebration of the arrival of the vaccines Photo Credit: Hope Ngwira

The Malawi Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, World Health Organization Representative Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, UNICEF Country Representative Rudolf Schwenk and many other government officials were present during the special event. Minister Chiponda stated that the initial vaccination phase will target 20 percent of the population, starting with 60,000 frontline health workers.

“It is important that all health workers should…

With all the recent COVAX developments, our favorite headline by far was the start of ‘history-making COVAX vaccination drives’ today.

The administration of the COVID-19 vaccines began for health workers in Côte d’Ivoire, following a ceremony where Patrick Achie, Chief of Staff to the President was first to receive a dose. This marked the launch of the vaccination campaign just three days after receiving the delivery of 504,000 doses.

Dr. Yvan Agbassi goes through a brief health assessment before he gets his shot.

Dr. Yvan Agbassi, a VillageReach staff member, who is a pharmacist based in Abidjan was among the roughly one hundred health workers who also received the first jabs in the country.

Today in Mozambique, one of our core countries, the first COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Maputo. Health workers are first priority to receive the vaccines; but it still comes nearly 72 days after the first U.S. health workers received their shots.

President Nyusi proudly announced on his Facebook page:

“I would like to share with the Mozambican people arriving in the country this afternoon Wednesday, February 24th, the first batch of the vaccine. With the arrival of this lot, our challenge continues to ensure that other doses are coming, the negotiations are at an advanced stage with our partners.”

While the…

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are often the only link to primary health care services in under-reached communities around the world. This is the finale in a series (see part one here) that shows how strengthening supply chains supports CHWs, known as Community Health Assistants (CHAs) in Liberia, by making health products available, so they can deliver essential care to their communities.

Follow the journey to see how health products eventually end up in the hands of CHWs.

*Some of the photos in this story were taken before the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up in Liberia.*

Community Health Workers receive health supplies…


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