VillageReach is a non-profit social enterprise that believes every individual deserves access to quality healthcare. Founded in 2000, its mission is to save lives and improve well being in developing countries by increasing last-mile access to healthcare and investing in social businesses that address gaps in health and community infrastructure.
VillageReach’s model improves access to healthcare by providing a logistics platform to facilitate delivery of medical supplies and by starting and managing social businesses to improve local infrastructure. It collaborates with governments, communities and other global health organizations to extend the reach of health services in measurable, transparent, scalable and sustainable ways.
Since it was established, VillageReach has been led by a team of dedicated global health and business professionals and supported by a dynamic group of partners, board members and volunteers. VillageReach’s headquarters are located in Seattle, Washington with field offices in Maputo, Mozambique and Balaka, Malawi.
What They Do
VillageReach has built deep expertise in improving health system performance at the service delivery level, where health services are provided. In remote, rural communities with limited power, transportation and communications, health workers find it challenging to address the needs of the large, distributed populations for which they’re responsible.
In these settings, VillageReach serves as a catalyst to strengthen and improve the performance of health systems by applying a comprehensive approach that includes strengthening health service delivery, enhancing information systems, and investing in social businesses operated by the local community that provide the infrastructure needed to support the health system and other local activities.
In each of these areas, VillageReach partners with governments, local communities and other non-governmental organizations to establish a foundation of support services to improve health system effectiveness and efficiency. VillageReach focuses its activities to achieve improvements in the following key areas:
Increase Health Workers Productivity and Capacity
Low- and middle-income countries face significant challenges in building and retaining a sufficient health workforce. Many of VillageReach’s activities are directed at increasing the productivity and job satisfaction of health workers by improving the support systems that provide management, training, supplies and infrastructure for this workforce.
Improve the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Health Service Delivery
Health systems in resource-constrained environments often struggle to deliver care to the most rural and remote villages where the need is greatest. VillageReach maximizes the effectiveness of healthcare by improving the reliability and cost efficiency of services provided, as well as, the safety and timeliness of commodities and medicines administered.
Extend the Reach of Health Services
The majority of low- and middle-income country populations live in rural areas with the least developed healthcare delivery infrastructure. By focusing on rural and Community-based health services, and infrastructure improvement, VillageReach strengthens the health system overall, thereby expanding access and extending the reach and reliability of primary health services.
Increase Trust in and Use of Health Services
Over time, as healthcare quality improves, communities come to trust and rely on the health system, thereby improving the overall health of the community. By improving productivity, effectiveness and reach, VillageReach seeks to increase the communities’ use of and satisfaction in health services.