Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
- Other/not applicable
SummaryVillage Reach is a program that strengthens health systems in developing countries by supporting and improving the health services already in place with a focus on service infrastructure, logistics, and support to the community health workers.
Key program components
Key program components include:
Improving service infrastructure. VillageReach improves service infrastructure by implementing a management information system to manage data processing, introducing an effective waste management system, outfitting health centers with alternative energy sources, providing radios to facilitate communication with the Ministry of Health and district hospitals, and providing bicycles and motorcycles for community outreach.
Supply chain management. VillageReach improves the overall functioning of the health system’s supply chain by tracking medical supplies to limit waste, improving forecasting and reporting throughout the entire supply chain, managing inventory, and maintaining equipment.
Community and health worker support. VillageReach supports community health workers by introducing supportive supervision and ongoing training at all levels of the health system. As part of this strategy, VillageReach introduces proper protocols and procedures for all staff and conducts trainings for logistics officers and pharmacists.
Data analysis. VillageReach recognizes that medical logistics and delivery systems require reliable data to make informed decisions and ensure quality services.
Social businesses. VillageReach establishes for-profit businesses that create positive social impact by filling critical infrastructure gaps. These businesses are not health care specific, but may be linked to the health system through contractual agreements that benefit the system while expanding their customer base.
Additionally, VillageReach recently launched Chipatala Cha Pa Foni (health center by phone) case-mangement hotline to test how increased access to information and referrals for pregnancy and child health issues can improve maternal and child health. The project also launched a new tuberculosis program to improve the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of tuberculosis at the community and health facility level.