Creating sustainable supply chains
Innovation and collaboration are key to creating sustainable supply chains that can deliver essential supplies to children.
How can we ensure that a child in a remote village has timely access to routine, quality-assured vaccines – not only today, but also tomorrow?
Can we envision a world in which every child at risk of malaria sleeps under a long-lasting insecticidal bed net; and all girls and boys have access to math books that can prepare them with skills for future employment?
Our work does not stop at delivery. There is more work to do to avoid disruptions in supply chains, and to connect scalable solutions to under-recognized or difficult problems. Meanwhile, we need these solutions to be environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.
Our challenges call on collaboration – with experts and practitioners across industries, businesses, governments, financiers and donors – and above all, open eyes and ears to the evolving needs of children and young people.
We know that each country and each community is different, and every child is unique. We also know that there is not one, but many solutions.
UNICEF works with governments and partners, including Gavi, the Global Fund, USAID, the World Bank, the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, private sector companies and many others, to accelerate results for children.
Our public and private sector partners combine innovative ideas and build upon our and each other's strengths to address the diverse needs of children, so that coming generations can enjoy their rights to health, education and protection.
Here are four ways in which we are building together for the future:
UNICEF implements sustainable procurement
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Target product profiles (TPPs)
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