Cold-Chain Collaboration

Increasing refrigeration capacity at Life for a Child partner facilities.
Global NGOs 1

In early 2023, Lilly and Direct Relief announced a new initiative by Direct Relief with the support of Lilly to expand access to medicines in low- and middle-income countries by expanding medical cold chain capacity in 20 countries. With Lilly’s $1.15 million funding, Direct Relief will procure 191 refrigeration units for 25 Life for a Child supported medical facilities in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and South Asia. In addition to supporting Life for a Child, this initiative will strengthen healthcare systems by increasing cold-chain storage so that more healthcare facilities will have the ability to store other cold-chain pharmaceuticals such as injectable therapies, cancer products or vaccines.

Geographic Reach
  • Africa
  • Americas
  • South-East Asia
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Disease Area
  • Non-communicable diseases
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SGDs the partnership contributes to
SDG 3: Good health and well-being
  1. 3.4: NCDs (including mental health)
  2. 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals 
Partner organizations
Global NGOs

Direct Relief