Vaccines travel across oceans, on trucks, strapped on bicycles, and carried in the hands of willing delivery people.
Yet even if each one of these physical infrastructures remain reliable, in-country transportation networks and distributors could – at any time – stop the movement of supplies. The key to the successful movement of vaccines isn’t just securing adequate transportation. It’s also securing critical financial, political, and community partners. Each one of these links counts when it comes to providing lifesaving health supplies and medicines.
PATH collaborates with local leaders, government officials and private sector companies to make sure communities have access to critical resources. One of the keys to PATH’s success is their ability to work within a country’s health systems, increasing their reach and helping ensure sustainability for future generations.
According to Path, “Many vaccines, for example, lose their effectiveness if they’re exposed to extreme heat or freezing conditions. Making sure they stay at the right temperatures at every step of a journey requires a global network of equipment and services called a ‘cold chain.’”
PATH partners with the right organizations and government leaders to make sure technologies are available to sustain a proper cold chain.
Their focus on advocacy, education, and consensus ensures that supply chains remain a global priority. PATH works in more than 70 countries, primarily in Africa and Asia. In 2014 alone, they reached more than 160 million people.