VACCINE CHALLENGE; SOUTH AFRICA
PROVEN INTERVENTION TO BE DISTRIBUTED
Advanced, low-cost mobile app technology to track and assist vaccine supply chain drivers.
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DISTRIBUTION MODEL INNOVATION
Blueprint International seeks to improve vaccine distribution within the developing world by implementing VIVE (Vital Improvements in Vaccine Efficiency), a simple and scalable web management platform for a mobile phone. This tool will enable better management, planning, and tracking of vaccine supplies from central stocks of primary-through-tertiary health care facilities. In addition, it will identify vaccine supply chain failures and highlight needed improvements.
Almost 50% of vaccines are lost in the transition between manufacturer and the desired delivery point. Vaccine supply chains and logistics management capabilities of many countries have been shown to be ill equipped to manage not only the current vaccine supply, but also the increased vaccine volume in the future. Tracking individual vaccine vials is extremely costly and complicated. As a proxy, tracking drivers and collecting data on the vaccine journey will allow for the creation of a customize-able, holistic, and cost-effective approach to fixing supply chains. The technology has already been developed and proven successful within the private sector. The pilot will be rolled out in partnership with Biovac, a vaccine distributor in the Western Cape, South Africa. The model will utilize a three-pronged revenue approach including a monthly rental of the mobile device, advertising, and fees to other suppliers for integration within the system.
PILOT AND SCALING GOALS
- During the pilot, gain proof of concept with five devices and extend the pilot site to all chains in the target area
- Track and monitor 50 devices across two sites in South Africa by the end of year 1
- Identify and target new countries and sites by end of year 1
- Have 300 devices in the field in at least two countries by the end of year 2
David Clark - Technology Director
Catharine Young - Operations Director
Colin Young - Director of Business Development