GAVI Alliance Announces 2 New Initiatives Using Private Sector Funds To Improve Vaccine Delivery

“At this year’s Clinton Global Initiative, the GAVI Alliance announced a pair of new initiatives that aim to leverage private sector funds and expertise to improve delivery of vaccines worldwide,” Devex Impact reports. “Maintaining [the] ‘cold chain’ from manufacturing plant to rural clinic is just one of the challenges of maintaining the complex supply chain for vaccines, [David Ferreira, managing director of GAVI’s innovative finance department,] told Devex Impact on the sidelines of the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York,” the news service writes, adding, “To tackle these challenges, GAVI launched a new Supply Chain Technical Improvement Facility, to be funded by private sector contributions.” The news service notes, “These contributions will be doubled in size via the already existing GAVI Matching Fund, through which the U.K. government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation match contributions.” Devex adds, “GAVI is also founding a Supply Chain Centre of Excellence, in order to ‘incubate solutions’ to problems ranging from bureaucratic inefficiency to outdated computer systems, according to the organization’s news release” (Useem, 9/30).