The expansion of Project Last Mile project to deliver life-saving medicines to the hardest-to-reach communities was announced today (8 June) at the European Development Days. The project is a public-private partnership that makes use of Coca-Cola’s supply chain management and expertise to support African governments in reaching the “last mile” to deliver vaccines.
Project Last Mile works in partnership with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Making vaccines available to a given African country is not the end of the story. Even when they are available, vaccines are often confronted with “thermostability” issues, meaning they should be transported in the cold chain. Pharmaceutical companies make sure that the vaccines they produce can survive a few days outside of it.
“Because ministries of health struggle to distribute drugs, we are working with them to train their technicians on not only to get drugs to where they need to be but getting them in the state they need to be, helping them with refrigeration, Susan Mboya, president of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, told EURACTIV.com.