VillageReach was established in 2000 to address the challenges of delivering quality healthcare at the last mile to the most underserved communities. In addition to focusing on a particular segment of the healthcare delivery challenge at the last mile, VillageReach’s focus is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the health system services that support the delivery of healthcare and services.
Support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) helped VillageReach establish a dedicated OpenLMIS Global Core (Core) team. The Core team has served as the backbone support organization for the continued development of OpenLMISv3 and the OpenLMIS Governance, Product and Technical communities. OpenLMISv3 was released February 2017, and new features have been released on a monthly and quarterly basis since then. In addition to the maintaining the core source code, the Core team’s dedicated Community Manager has helped formalize the committees and practices that guide the management and direction of OpenLMIS.
In business for more than 35 years, John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is a public health management consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities throughout the world. With a portfolio of over 150 health supply chain projects in over 100 countries over three decades, JSI has deep experience optimizing supply chains that are more responsive to public health needs while contributing to global best practices in data visibility and use, system design, human resources for supply chain management, and commodity security.
In recent years, JSI enhanced an earlier code branch of OpenLMIS for Tanzania, Zambia, Côte d’Ivoire and, most recently, Guinea ("eLMIS"). In both Tanzania and Zambia, the applications were deployed at national scale and are fully institutionalized within the health sector, exchanging data routinely with warehouse management systems in the medical stores of each country. As such, JSI’s subject matter expertise and ongoing operational engagement are crucial for bridging the existing gaps between the TZM code base and the OpenLMIS 3.x architecture.
Ona is a Nairobi-based software and consulting company that offers technical consulting, design, and software-related services for organizations and projects of all sizes. The company’s consulting clients include WHO, UNDP, HNEC - Libya, The World Bank, UNICEF, and DFID. The Ona team has nearly a decade of experience designing, developing and implementing ICT enabled solutions for humanitarian, development and global health contexts. This includes developing one of the first national-level SMS facility-based reporting tools. When possible, the company tries to build on top of supported platforms and tools like Ona, RapidPro, DHIS2, and OpenMapKit, allowing them to build reliable, scalable solutions for lower cost.
The Ona team is comprised of Matt Berg, CEO who will be acting as an adviser on the project. Peter Lubell-Doughtie, Roger Wong and Craig Appl will work as shared resources for Reporting Architecture, UI-UX and Requirements Subject Matter Expertise. The Ona Technical team is comprised of Craig Appl who is the technical project manager, Clay Crosby who is the data project manager, two senior engineers and two engineers. Each engineer is specialized in Sight Reliability Engineering (SRE) and reporting infrastructure.