DEVELOPING SUPPLY CHAINS
Logistics That Save Lives
Technologies like drones are enabling important breakthroughs in the delivery of medical supplies to remote areas. We recognize these types of innovations are most effective when combined with efforts to improve the overall supply chain.
For example, in many low- and middle-income countries, it is not only distance, but also inefficient supply chains that stand in the way of better health outcomes. To ensure the long-term availability of critical medicines and supplies worldwide, The UPS Foundation is partnering with the World Bank’s Global Financing Facility (GFF), Merck for Mothers, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of supply chains that deliver healthcare products in emerging economies.
UPS’s best practices around logistics issues such as transport, warehousing, and distribution will be shared with governments supported by GFF. With GFF and other partners, we will help scale proven supply chain innovations, support supply chain reforms, and enhance governments’ capacity to work with private-sector logistics operators to ensure delivery to the last mile. UPS also will begin the partnership by loaning a manager to GFF in Mozambique to develop initiatives to strengthen the country’s health system.
UPS also engages with Ministers of Health, as well as UPS’s authorized service agents operating in these regions, to develop unique solutions to address the specific needs of communities. In Uganda, UPS’s partnership operates a fleet of refrigerated delivery trucks, motorcycles, and boats that provide scheduled delivery service to health centers. The service uses a custom app to provide delivery confirmation information, which was previously unavailable. Throughout the shipping process, wireless temperature sensors ensure safe storage and delivery of sensitive contents. This network has increased vaccine availability to communities served by 171 health facilities across Uganda.
“UPS understands the value of sharing its logistics and supply chain expertise with vulnerable communities, and we know that improving the efficiency and resilience of their supply chains can help save lives,” says Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “It’s a priority for us to support important initiatives like this one that bring about quantum change in the health of communities and create a model that can be replicated to strengthen public health systems around the globe.”
UPS understands the value of sharing its logistics and supply chain expertise with vulnerable communities, and we know that improving the efficiency and resilience of their supply chains can help save lives.
– Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation