Articles by John Beale
Routine maintenance required to keep cars, trucks and motorcycles moving simply does not happen in Africa, shortening the lifespan of the vehicles that are essential to delivering health commodities to the most remote communities. That means many institutions are declining to fund the capital expenditure required to purchase vehicles, parts or storage facilities – and governments and donors alike are identifying new ways to improve health supply chains and the transport systems they rely on.
Transporting health commodities in Africa is challenging on many fronts, and it makes sense for some ministries of health to utilize private firms to get the job done. VillageReach has researched the possibilities and developed a set of recommendations to help government entities prepare for outsourcing.
One of the harsh realities of global health today is that the quality and supply of life-saving innovations exceeds the capacity of many health systems to deliver them. For many low-income countries, gaps in the underlying infrastructure prevent new innovations from reaching those who need them most. VillageReach is a non-profit that helps private enterprise develop health care-related infrastructure, so that innovations can reach the "Final 20" - the 20 percent who live in the most remote, rural areas.
- Health Care