VillageReach

Program support
For expansion of the Immunization Support System to another province of Mozambique.

As a result of VillageReach’s successful pilot project in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique, the organization will expand their program to an additional province.  The Immunization Support System establishes a logistics platform that greatly enhances community access to vaccine services by improving the cold chain, enhancing supervision of vaccines services, and drastically lowering the incidence of shortages of critical vaccines.

Founded in Seattle in 2000, VillageReach works to improve the health and quality of life in remote areas of developing countries.  VillageReach empowers governments and local partners to bring health care and other essential services to the rural poor. VillageReach does not provide health services, but rather provides access to and improves the quality of health services.  It works to develop sustainable health care delivery systems, focusing on human resources, physical infrastructure, support systems, community development and income generation. The organization has established a program in two northern provinces of Mozambique that serves 261 clinics and covers a population of 5.2 million.  VillageReach workers supervise clinic workers, ensuring their knowledge of safe propane use, basic refrigerator maintenance, and the importance of clear communication with patients. They also provide community education and teach the importance of immunizations. They make a priority of data collection, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation, thereby ensuring success.  The VillageReach model is designed to be adopted and absorbed by the Ministry of Health so that the program can be maintained in the future.