Friday, January 20, 2017

Freight and Logistics Network to Aid Vaccine Supply Chain

Partnership Intends to Help Remote and Poor Communities
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – Freight and logistics outfit the Deutsche Post DHL Group have got together with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi), and announced a global partnership to help improve vaccine supply chains in Gavi-supported countries with the intention of delivering life-saving medicines to some of the most remote and poorest people on the planet.

The new partnership will spend the next three years improving vaccine supply chains with the goal of increasing immunization coverage, reduce vaccine wastage and better ensure vaccine availability and potency and ultimately intends to help reduce child mortality. DHL is to apply its expertise in pharma and temperature sensitive supply chains as well as it huge logistics network to achieve this.

Kenya is one of the first countries to benefit from the new partnership, announcing a new initiative with DHL, the logistics unit of Deutsche Post DHL Group. Together Gavi, DHL and the Kenyan Ministry of Health will test a dedicated transportation management solution for the efficient distribution of vaccines throughout the East African country. Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Grou, said:

"We are proud to support Gavi in its important societal role. This enhanced relationship will allow the Deutsche Post DHL Group to contribute its world class supply chain expertise and network towards making a real difference to vaccine distribution in the developing world - and, with this, to improve lives."

Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, emphasized the importance of this partnership:

"Robust vaccine supply chains are a vital part of building strong health systems, so that children, parents, and communities can be reached wherever they live with life-saving vaccines. DHL's expertise in healthcare delivery and its footprint in sub-Saharan Africa will help the partnership develop and test new innovative solutions aimed at increasing the health impact in Gavi-supported countries."

Gavi was founded in 2000 with the help of a US$ 750 million five-year pledge from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A unique public-private partnership, Gavi was created to bring together the best of what key UN agencies, governments, the vaccine industry, private sector and civil society had to offer to improve childhood immunisation coverage in poor countries and to accelerate access to new vaccines.