Systems that keep up with science
Innovation doesn’t end with technologies. It can also be an answer for the inefficient management, paper-based tracking systems, and outdated policies that can derail vaccines before they reach the people who need them.
We are tapping into a wellspring of ideas across sectors and finding ways to put them to work for immunization: reaching out to the private sector for help with supply chain logistics, investigating computerized tracking systems, and supporting policies that allow heat-stable vaccines to be distributed out of the cold chain.
Over the next five years, Optimize will work to define the characteristics of an ideal supply chain, from health products to policies to logistics systems. By 2012, we hope to have a globally accepted roadmap that will make it possible to implement these innovations around the world - and the momentum to carry them forward.
By bringing together new technologies, advances in science, and improved immunization delivery, we will play a critical role in the effort to develop strong, adaptable, and efficient logistics systems - ones that are able to bring even more lifesaving health technologies to people around the world.