DHL and Gavi Partner to Improve Delivery of Vaccines in Developing Countries
As immunization programs expand to include new, life-saving vaccines and strive to reach more people, often in remote areas, they are increasingly constrained by outdated supply chains. With vaccine volumes continuing to increase and the persistence of often weak or broken health systems, there is a critical need for improvements in immunization supply chain infrastructure.
Over the next three years, the new partnership will be vital in helping to provide countries with efficient supply chain solutions to improve health care delivery. DHL’s logistics expertise in life sciences and healthcare combined with their global transportation network will help countries overcome challenges, and make the vaccine supply chain more efficient. This can help countries increase immunization coverage, reduce vaccine wastage and better ensure vaccine availability and potency and will ultimately help reduce child mortality.
Kenya is one of the first countries to benefit from the new partnership. Gavi, DHL and the Kenyan Ministry of Health will test a dedicated transportation management solution for the efficient distribution of vaccines throughout the country. Incorporating a control tower called a Transport Support Hub, to better manage and coordinate third-party transport carriers and the use of DHL’s own global transportation network, the solution aims to improve the speed and reliability of vaccine deliveries to hospitals, clinics and medical professionals in the country.
”We are proud to support Gavi in its important societal role,” says Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group. “This enhanced relationship will allow 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,” he said. “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.”