Leveraging simulation to increase access to sexual and reproductive health services

This week’s podcast is an incredible example of the power of O.R. and analytics to unite and empower people and communities across the globe, and I’m excited and honored to share this story with you! I’m joined by Andrew Wylie, a simulation consultant at Simul8 Corporation which develops simulation software to provide unique, evidence-based approaches to decision making, and William Taylor, head of operations at Shout-It-Now, which uses innovative approaches to provide South African communities with free sexual and reproductive health services. We’ll be discussing the unique partnership between these two organizations, which is leveraging O.R. and analytics to make a lasting impact and help save lives.

One of the main challenges that we had to addressed was the fact it’s a very emotive topic and we still wanted to approach the topic objectively with the amount of care required for it. So making sure we could separate that and still be extremely compassionate of course was a challenge that we wanted to address throughout the project.

Interviewed this episode:

Andrew Wylie

Simul8 Corporation

Andrew is a Simulation Consultant with a Masters in Business Analysis and Consulting. He’s been with Simul8 for three years, starting as an intern before joining the Support Team. Now, Andrew is part of the Simulation Excellence Team, delivering projects across multiple

Wiliam Taylor


To date William has been instrumental in Shout-It-Now conducting over 1.3 million HIV tests.

William has 20+ year’s experience within Operations Research Science and management of complex operations in top-tier firms. A passionate senior leader who develops high performing team, through coaching and creating an environment where individuals and team can excel. An animal lover, William has served on the board of Animal Lifeline (Lost, Found, Homeless animals) where He developed the organization and mentored staff. William has held several management roles for various organizations including Shout-It-Now, Rentokil Initial, Open House Information Technology, and the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service.

Currently studying to complete the Haroun Education Ventures MBA Degree Program™, Williams background also includes extensive experience in Information Technology. He uses his diverse skills in business, organizational growth and IT to modernize operations and process, consistently exceeding expectation.

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