VillageReach in the News


South Africa’s National Health Insurance (NHI) Will Benefit the Entire Region – August 30, 2013
Trevor Mundel, President of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses VillageReach, Africa & healthcare access. Read the article.

VillageReach Improves MNCH in Malawi via Call Centers – June 11, 2013
CCPF is highlighted on the mHealth Alliance’s Health Unbound (HUB) website. Read the blog.

mHealth Alliance Releases Framework for Addressing Women’s Empowerment in Mobile Health Projects – May 3, 2013
Emily Bancroft, Program Director and Group Lead, Health Systems, is quoted. Read the press release.

PBS NewsHour Story: Maternal Health Hotline Helps Malawians Stay Connected – April 26, 2013
Our CCPF program in Malawi is covered in a piece on the value of mobile technologies for health. Read the Article.


GAVI Newsletter: The Civil Society Dose – December 2012
Case Study: Illuminating the last mile Read the article.

Microsoft Alumni Foundation Announces Allen Wilcox 2012 Award Winner.
VillageReach President Allen Wilcox was selected for the Foundation’s prestigious Integral Fellows Award. Read the press release.

GAVI Newsletter: The Civil Society Dose – May 2012
Case Study: Improving Vaccine Logistics in Mozambique Read the article.


National Bureau of Asian Research – November 2011
Matching Realism with Aspiration – NBR Interviews Emily Bancroft on key considerations for applying technology to Global Health. Read the article.

Puget Sound Business Journal – October 28, 2011
Nonprofits Debate Merits of Admitting Failure – VillageReach is featured in this story on the benefits of transparency and reporting on mistakes. Read the article.


Puget Sound Business Journal – April 22, 2010
Nonprofit revenue model evolves – In the current edition of the Puget Sound Business Journal, subscribers can read my story on Seattle-based VillageReach and the nonprofit’s new information management system that is aimed at helping global health groups better manage supply chains for health clinics. Read the article.

Puget Sound Business Journal – April 16, 2010
VillageReach nonprofit rolls out supply-chain management system – Despite recent gains in global health research and development, a local nonprofit says health care systems still face a significant bottleneck in how they deliver services and commodities to the world’s poor. Read the article.

PBS – March 19, 2010
About the Money – PBS features VillageReach in video.
Watch the Video.

Ode Magazine – March 2010
Getting vaccines where they’re needed the most – VillageReach helps to deliver essential vaccines to remote areas in developing countries.
Read the article.


University of Washington Newsletter – A&S Perspectives, December 2009
Ensuring That Health Care Reaches “The Last Mile” – Craig Nakagawa (‘89), armed with an MBA and experience at Lehman Brothers and Teledesic, co-founded VillageReach, an NGO aimed at improving health care distribution systems in the most distant reaches of developing countries, beginning with Mozambique.
Read the article.

University of Washington – Columns, November 2, 2009
Working Globally – As a cofounder of Seattle-based VillageReach, Craig Nakagawa values the UW as a resource for partnering on research and reaching talented students.
Read the article.

Business Week, October 7, 2009
A Smart Path for Social Investing – The global financial meltdown has put a damper on hopes that private capital would soon become a major factor in financing micro-credit and other economic development programs. But the idea of putting capital to work on behalf of social progress still has more than a faint heartbeat. The most recent example is a deal put together by VillageReach, a Seattle-based non-profit that improves the performance of public health systems in developing countries, and Oasis Fund, a Luxembourg-based private equity firm that invests in social enterprises.
Read the article.

Scientific American, September 4, 2009
Going the ‘last mile’ to deliver better health to villages in the developing world – A small Seattle-based non-profit called VillageReach is proving it is possible to help transport medical supplies across those final distances to villages in Mozambique and Malawi that had initially lacked adequate transportation, refrigeration, manpower and other infrastructure to do the job on their own. A combination of technological innovation and entrepreneurial creativity has been key to the effort.
Read the article.

Seattle Times, September 2, 2009
Fremont nonprofit delivers vaccines and energy to world’s remote areas – VillageReach, a tiny nonprofit in Fremont, blends technology and entrepreneurship to deliver vaccines and energy to some of the least-developed areas in the world.
Read the article.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, September 1, 2009
Social Business Wins Big Investment – VillageReach, a nonprofit organization in Seattle, took a novel approach to trying to improve the health of people living in remote areas of Northern Mozambique. It started a propane-distribution company.
Read the article.

Seattle Times, September 1, 2009
VillageReach fuels change in global health delivery – VillageReach has figured how to get health care into the heart of remote communities that others haven’t managed to reach — the so-called “last mile” — and pay for it with a for-profit energy business.
Read the article.


Chicago Booth Magazine, September 28, 2007
2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards: Craig Nakagawa, ’97 – Craig Nakagawa, ’97, left Wall Street to travel coach to Africa to get money from Bill Gates to bring vaccines to Mozambique.
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Newsweek, July 25, 2005
Blaise Judja-Sato- A Wharton M.B.A. Brings Basic Health Care to the Poor of Rural Mozambique.
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Forbes, September 6, 2004
The Last Mile – Blaise Judja-Sato had a nice job selling telecom services–until he saw what the lack of vaccines was doing to the poor in Mozambique.
Read the article.

Pacific Northwest Magazine, July 2, 2004
How Far We’ve Come: Finding freedom and good fortune in an adopted land – Blaise Judja-Sato: From struggling African student to humanitarian leader.
Read the article.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer, April 13, 2004
Propane powers vaccine program – Former telecom executive hits upon unlikely business pairing to improve African children’s health care.
Read the article.


Seattle Post Intelligencer, June 9, 2003
Ex-rebel in new war on diseases – Gates grant enables African freedom fighter to help vaccinate children.
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Seattle Post Intelligencer, April 6, 2001
Dispensing Hope: First shots in global attack on disease – Gates kicks off vaccine initiative today at clinic in Mozambique.
Read the article.