Millions of children die every year from preventable causes. Disease, injury, environmental hazard and the devastating effects of conflict put children and adolescents around the world in harm’s way.
But countless deaths can be avoided with access to vaccines, medicines and other critical health supplies.
For various reasons, existing supplies do not always reach children in need. Lack of coordination, financing or data keeps some life-saving medicines and products far from the children they are meant to protect. Especially for children on the move or affected by crisis, seeking medical care can heighten the risk of injury or death.
Strong supply chains help ensure that essential vaccines, medicines and health products make it from the warehouse to the most vulnerable children. Every link of the supply chain counts.
Supply chains must be responsive and resilient – capable of adapting to shifting demands for routine products while preparing for emergency situations like Ebola outbreaks. Strong and sustainable supply chains help Governments reduce costs, stock-outs and waste.