Supply chain and logistics systems
As new, more sophisticated and costly vaccines become available, developing-country immunization programs are struggling to manage larger stock volumes and minimize unnecessary wastage while improving immunization coverage. Ongoing efforts are required to ensure that developing-country immunization programs can make informed decisions about how to safely store, transport, and deliver essential health care products now and into the future.
PATH’s collaboration with the World Health Organization under project Optimize identified new technologies, tools, and forward-thinking strategies for maximizing the performance of supply chain management and distribution systems in low-resource settings. As part of this project, PATH contributed to a 2020 Global Vision for Vaccine Supply and Logistics Systems and continues to work with a variety of partners to address the gaps featured in the vision landscape analysis and elaborated in the vision action plans. Visit PATH’s website to learn more about its work to strengthen supply chain and logistics systems.
The Imperative for Stronger Vaccine Supply and Logistics Systems (2013)
An article that presents ways that countries can strengthen and optimize their immunization logistics systems.
Landscape Analysis of Routine Immunization in Nigeria: Identifying Barriers and Prioritizing Interventions (2012)
A paper that emphasizes the importance of tackling basic supply chain and logistics barriers to routine immunization in Nigeria.
Featured PATH resources
Investing in Stronger Vaccine Supply Chains: Reaching Children With Immunization, Saving Lives (2012)
A brochure that describes how advances in vaccine supply chain systems can accelerate the delivery of lifesaving immunizations.
Outsourcing Vaccine Supply Chain and Logistics to the Private Sector (2012)
A brief that provides an overview of the potential benefits of outsourcing components of vaccine logistics systems to the private sector.
Page last updated: November 2013.