Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Project Optimize

Rethinking the immunization logistics

“An ideal supply chain is one that ensures that the limits of science are not constrained by the limits of systems.” — Dr Orin Levine, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Continuing the vaccine cold chain, Bangladesh

Over the past decade, the world has invested enormous resources and energy into the development of new and lifesaving vaccines. Current vaccination programmes save more than three million lives per year, and new vaccines that focus on diseases affecting people in the world’s poorest countries can protect millions more.

But it’s not just about developing safe and effective vaccines. It’s about getting vaccines to the right place, at the right time, in the right condition. And that means delivery systems that are as advanced and innovative as the vaccines they support.

Optimize: Immunization Systems and Technologies for Tomorrow, a collaboration between the World Health Organization (WHO) and PATH, has been given a unique mandate to think far into the future: to put technological and scientific advances to work, helping define the ideal characteristics and specifications for health products, and to create a vaccine supply chain that is flexible and robust enough to handle an increasingly large and costly portfolio of vaccines and, ultimately, work efficiently with the delivery of other health commodities.

Optimize highlights

  • Stimulating Innovation in the Vaccine Cold Chain Equipment Industry

    This document describes project Optimize’s effort to stimulate the development of two new categories of cold chain equipment—solar direct-drive refrigerators and passive-cooled cold boxes—by eliminating key market barriers and providing incentives to manufacturers to meet performance, quality, and safety specifications set by the World Health Organization.
    Corporate author(s): PATH, World Health Organization
    Publication date: August 2013

  • New: Controled room temperature - storage of medicines

    Project Optimize and the Tunisian Ministry of Public Health are collaborating to explore new logistics and supply chain solutions that can optimize the vaccine supply chain. Anticipating that the Tunisian government will soon formulate a controlled room temperature policy, project Optimize commissioned a study assessing the least-cost, most energy-efficient solution for pharmaceutical stores at the regional and district level.

  • New: Domestic refrigerators

    This project Optimize document summarizes a laboratory report on performance testing of four models of domestic refrigerators that are available on the Tunisian market. Project Optimize contracted the tests to demonstrate to the government the importance of prequalification of models according to World Health Organization/Quality, Safety and Standards norms for the storage of vaccines.

  • New: Outsourcing vaccine supply chain and logistics to the private sector

    This document provides supply chain managers in low- and middle-income countries with an overview of the potential benefits of outsourcing components of their vaccine logistics systems to the private sector. It also provides practical advice on determining whether outsourcing is a viable option.