DHL has teamed up with a leading vaccine organisation to increase the reach of immunisation programmes across east Africa.
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, a partnership organisation of public and private sector groups, will work with the logistics firm to improve supply chain infrastructure in developing countries, starting with Kenya.
Outdated supply chains are increasingly constraining expanding immunisation programmes, Gavi said in a statement. “With vaccine volumes continuing to increase and the persistence of often weak or broken health systems, there is a critical need for improvements in immunisation supply chain infrastructure.”
The Kenya project will revolve around the creation of a transport support hub that will centralise and coordinate the supply chains of different clinics. It will map out the existing supply chains, looking at the supplier base and delivery routes, then work to optimise both.
A DHL spokesman described the hub as “a combination of an IT solution and logistics specialists who will oversee carrier selection, carrier performance, design performance metrics and routings, and so on”.
The hub will be supported by third party carriers and, in some places, DHL’s own network.
Currently the vaccine supply chain in Kenya is fragmented, with clinics and hospitals mostly organising their own collections, the spokesman said.
The project is still in its early stages, and the two partners have started to engage with the Kenyan Ministry of Health.
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