Skoll Foundation

 

VillageReach

Skoll Entrepreneur(s): Blaise Judja-Sato
Award Year: 2006
Focus Area(s) Addressed: Healthcare Access and Treatment

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DESCRIPTION:

Born in Cameroon, Blaise Judja-Sato was a successful U.S. businessman until a devastating flood in Mozambique prompted his return to Africa. While helping with relief efforts, he saw both the suffering of the rural poor and the frustration of nongovernmental organizations that could not get medicines across the “last mile” of remote country to those in need. Judja-Sato founded VillageReach (VR) because he recognized that the solution involved building a reliable “pipeline” infrastructure. He also realized that these last-mile barriers affected industries and others who might be willing to pay into a shared system that benefited everyone. Blaise remains on the board of VillageReach however, over the past few years, he has increasingly been dedicating resources to the development of innovative, scalable solutions to help: (1) raise awareness on the world’s most pressing challenges; and (2) enable donors, and the advisors and institutions serving them, to become more strategic and effective in reaching their philanthropic objectives. For more information, please contact him at bjsato@gmail.com

IMPACT AS OF JAN. 2014:

  • VillageReach increased immunization coverage rates for children under age 5 in northern Mozambique from 68% to over 95% with an innovative last-mile logistics system that costs the government less to operate than its previous system. The Mozambique Ministry of Health is now partnering with VR to implement the new system throughout the entire country.
  • VR developed and deployed a management information system as an open source, Web-based software application for use in connected and non-connected environments to support the last-mile logistics system.
  • VR built its social business, VidaGas, into a profitable business as the largest propane distributor in northern Mozambique, which continues to support the health system as well as move the broader market away from wood and charcoal as energy sources.

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