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.

View resources on supply chain and logistics systems

Key resources

Developing a Vision for Immunization Supply Systems in 2020: Landscape Analysis Summaries (2011)
A report on landscape analyses that highlight ongoing work related to five priority areas that comprise the vision for immunization supply systems in 2020.

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.

Featured PATH resources

Vaccine Supply Chain Costing Methodology (2013)
A report that documents the development of a tool to help estimate the cost of the vaccine supply chain in Senegal and Vietnam.

Green Supply Chains: A Glimpse Into the Future? (2013)
An evidence brief that discusses the rationale for introducing net-zero energy systems into vaccine supply chains.

Page last updated: April 2014.