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.
Born in Cameroon, Blaise Judja-Sato was a successful US 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. So, in 2000, Blaise gave up a lucrative corporate career to found
VillageReach to build this infrastructure and solve the last-mile logistical challenges that
prevent healthcare from reaching rural Mozambique.
Blaise left the organization in 2008 to pursue other endeavors and founded the NGO, The Resilience Trust, in 2015. He did not remain active in the organization. When Blaise left in 2008, Allen Wilcox, a volunteer and Board member, stepped into the role of President, donating his salary and in fact donating his own personal wealth to help keep the organization alive during uncertain financial times. In July 2016, Allen transitioned out of his role as President but remains on the Board in a senior advisor role focused on partner relations, advocacy for change leadership and innovation for improving health system performance at the lower levels. Evan Simpson stepped into the role as current President in July 2016.