VillageReach is a global health innovator that develops, tests, implements, and scales new solutions to critical health system challenges in low-resource environments, with an emphasis on strengthening the “last mile” of healthcare delivery. VillageReach improves health outcomes by extending the reach and enhancing the quality of healthcare, focusing on the most critical barriers in these environments: lack of infrastructure, information availability, healthcare access, and human resource constraints.
Dedicated Logistics System: Improving Vaccine Distribution
For nearly a decade, VillageReach has been engaged with community and governmental partners on the ground in Mozambique to test, develop, implement, and scale the Dedicated Logistics System, or DLS. The DLS improves the availability of vaccines with a goal to reach all children in Mozambique with life-saving immunization.
The DLS works to ensure all children in Mozambique receive life-saving immunization.
In 2010, in partnership with the provincial governments and the central Ministry of Health, VillageReach launched a national expansion of the DLS. VillageReach utilized its longstanding relationships with the Ministry of Health to bring key stakeholders together around common goals. The DLS introduced new efficiencies to Mozambique’s vaccine supply chain resulting in significant increases in fully vaccinated children, dramatic improvement in inventory accuracy, and reduced costs to the government.
As a direct result of this impact, key global partners responsible for distributing vaccines to the poorest countries in the world have recognized the value of the DLS and are working to replicate similar models in other low-resource countries.