Delivering Care Where It’s Needed Most
Part of The UPS Foundation’s mission is strengthening communities’ capacity to handle crises and disasters. That resilience-building relies on strong relationships where our global logistics network and the experience of UPSers can make meaningful change. One such partnership is with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, an organization we work with to improve health coverage and prevent millions of deaths through the distribution of vaccines.
“UPS has been an amazing supporter of Gavi and our outreach programs to provide vaccines and care to developing countries,” says Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi. “UPS shines by going beyond traditional philanthropy of money and service donations. Supply chain experts improved our network to allow us to extend the base of the pyramid for primary healthcare, and the training provided by their loaned manager program has helped us improve coverage and equity in underserved countries as we build solid foundations for the global health community.”
UPS has been an amazing supporter of Gavi and our outreach programs to provide vaccines and care to developing countries
– Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi
UPS’s connection with Gavi began as one of the first partner organizations to test The UPS Foundation’s Humanitarian Expert on Mission program. With the help of UPSer Kevin Etter’s three decades of logistics training, the Strategic Training Executive Programme was devised to educate locals in supply chain management so that temperature-sensitive vaccines could be safely transported to reach communities.
In 2016, UPS and Gavi collaborated with a drone company, Zipline, in support of the Rwandan government to pioneer unmanned aerial vehicles for humanitarian use. The system, designed to bypass washed-out roads and other infrastructure challenges, launched to serve 10 million Rwandans throughout the country and reach 12 hospitals. In 2018, the service expanded to cover more of the country to deliver essential medical supplies in 30 minutes that could have taken days by road.
“UPS has been a true partner in helping Gavi realize its vision of saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries,” Berkley says. “Together, we are making life-saving vaccines available to everyone who needs them, regardless of their ability to pay.”