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VillageReach Announces New Three-year Program in Malawi

New York, NY, September 25, 2012 – VillageReach, the Barr Foundation and the University of Washington announce new collaboration on a pharmacy & supply chain strengthening program. Read more here.

VillageReach Selected as Innovation Working Group and mHealth Alliance 2012 Grant Winner

New York, NY, September 25, 2012 – The Innovation Working Group (IWG) and mHealth Alliance announce VillageReach is a 2012 winner of its catalytic grants. The grant will support the expansion of a pilot program in Malawi that provides toll-free hotline service to improve case management of maternal and child health and increase uptake of community-accessed and facility-based services in rural areas. Read here.

VillageReach Board of Directors Member Dr. Michael Free Named to Order of the British Empire

Seattle, Washington, July 28, 2011 – VillageReach Board of Directors Member Dr. Michael J. Free has been named as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, an award recognizing those who have provided exemplary service and demonstrated innovations and entrepreneurship.  Read more here.

OpenLMIS featured in the Project Optimize Newsletter

Seattle, Washington, July 20, 2011 – Project Optimize features OpenLMIS, an open source initiative to improve health system supply chains in low‐income countries, in its July 2011 newsletter.  Read here.

VillageReach Presents at the Global Health Delivery Logistics’ Grantee Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya, May 18-19, 2011 – VillageReach presents on its work in Mozambique to design and implement a new last mile distribution for the Ministry of Health. See presentation with slides here.

VillageReach and the University of Washington win Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Grant!

Seattle, Washington, May 2, 2011 – VillageReach, in partnership with the Computer Science and Engineering Dept. at the University of Washington, are Grand Challenges Explorations Winners! See press release.

Jeopardy! Champion Ken Jennings Selects VillageReach as Beneficiary for Upcoming IBM Watson Competition

Seattle, Washington, January 13, 2011 – VillageReach has
 Jeopardy! Champion
 Jeopardy! competition 
 machine. Watch on February 14, 15, and 16. See press release.

VillageReach Announces National Expansion of Last Mile Heath Program in Mozambique

Seattle, Washington, July 27, 2010 – New funding appeal targets $4 million to support six-year program and charity evaluator GiveWell continues to rate VillageReach its #1 charity…More details.

VillageReach’s Team of “Last Milers” Compete to Raise Global Health Awareness

Seattle, Washington, June 14, 2010 – VillageReach’s Team of “Last Milers” will compete in the Mountain to Sound relay race to raise awareness about the challenges facing health logistics systems in low-income countries around the world…More details.

VillageReach Launches Open Source Logistics Platform to Improve Distribution Practices for Global Health Programs

Seattle, Washington, April 20, 2010 – VillageReach, the Seattle‐based social enterprise that increases access to healthcare for remote, last mile communities, today announced the launch of openLMIS™, a new open source initiative to improve health system supply chains in low‐income countries… Read here.

VillageReach President Allen Wilcox Speaks at US-Africa Business Summit

Seattle, Washington, September 30, 2009 – VillageReach President attended the US-Africa Business Summit in Washington D.C. and spoke on the Innovative Private Sector Healthcare Financing and Delivery Models panel. The US-Africa Business Summit seeks to encourage commerce between US businesses and Africa in infrastructure, energy, healthcare, and agriculture sectors. Read his presentation here.

VillageReach Named 2009 Tech Awards Laureate By The Tech Museum

Seattle, Washington, September 2, 2009 – VillageReach, the Seattle-based social enterprise that increases access to healthcare for remote last mile communities, was today named to The Tech Awards Laureates 2009, one of 15 global innovators recognized each year for applying technology to benefit humanity and spark global change. The Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum, and presented by Applied Materials, Inc., selected VillageReach from among hundreds of nominations representing 66 countries…Read more.

VillageReach, Foundation for Community Development and Oasis Fund Announce Strategic Investment in VidaGas

Seattle, Washington, September 1, 2009 – As the Social Capital Market Conference (SoCap) begins today in San Francisco, VillageReach is very excited to announce that Oasis Fund, a European investment fund, has committed a $1.375 million investment in VidaGas, the propane energy company owned by VillageReach and the Mozambique Foundation for Community Development (FDC)…Read more.

VillageReach’s Craig Nakagawa Featured Speaker at SoCap2009

Seattle, Washington, August 27, 2009 – Wednesday, September 2nd, our CFO and Social Business Director, Craig Nakagawa, will present VidaGas: Anatomy of a Social Investment, a presentation featuring VillageReach’s social business VidaGas…Read more.

VillageReach’s James Dailey Featured Speaker at PHIN 2009

Seattle, Washington, August 27, 2009 – Monday, August 31st, VillageReach Chief Technology Officer, James Dailey will present “MIS Innovations for Last Mile Health System Advancement: Last Mile Informatics for Immunization Programs” at the PHIN Conference 2009. The seventh annual Public Health Information Network conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, August 30th – September 3 with a theme of Informatics: Investment for the Future.

VillageReach Goes to Harvard

Seattle, Washington, July 7, 2009 — VidaGas, our social business created to ensure a reliable and sustainable supply of fuel for the Mozambique health system serving last-mile communities, has been reviewed in a new case study by Harvard Business School. The study highlights VillageReach’s unique model, integrating global health programs and social businesses for broader impact and sustained benefit for last mile communities.

A history of VidaGas is included, documenting the creation of the company, its 7-year growth pattern to become the largest propane company in northern Mozambique, and the impact the business has had on improving the health and welfare of thousands of people living in remote communities. Copies of the study can be purchased on-line here.

For further information, please contact:

John Beale
Mobile: 206-925-5203

VillageReach rated as top charity by GiveWell

Seattle, Washington, July 1, 2009 — VillageReach has been rated as a top charity by GiveWell. GiveWell is an independent, nonprofit charity evaluator- founded by two ex-hedge-fund analysts, GiveWell brings a metrics-based business mentality to the table with their rigorous and thorough analysis of charities…Read more.

VillageReach Announces Results of Five-Year Health System Improvement Program in Mozambique

Seattle, Washington, March 19, 2009 — VillageReach, the Seattle-based international organization that increases developing nations’ access to healthcare, today announced significant improvements in vaccination rates for its heath system strengthening program in Mozambique. The results of the independent study show high rates of immunization that rival those of many developed countries…Read more.

VillageReach Selected as Finalist for Rio Tinto Sustainability Prize

Seattle, Washington, February 23, 2009 — VillageReach, the Seattle-based international organization that increases developing nations’ access to healthcare, today announced it has been short listed for the US$1M Rio Tinto Prize for Sustainability 2008. The prize is awarded annually by an international Adjudication Panel of distinguished sustainability experts…Read more.

MSN features a VillageReach Volunteer

September 27, 2007: MSN features a VillageReach volunteer — Alex Klein, one of our long-term volunteers, traveled to Mozambique in the spring of 2007. MSN featured his story as part of our participation in the Clinton Global Initiative…Read more.

VillageReach Involved in Clinton Global Initiative

September 25th, 2007 — VillageReach is honored to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative in 2006 and 2007…Read more.

VillageReach Acting President Craig Nakagawa Honored by University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

September 12, 2007: University of Chicago Graduate School of Business — Craig Nakagawa is honored to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service. Along with three other notable national figures, Craig will receive the award at an event in November…Read more.