Zipline, the global leader in instant logistics, and Ghana’s Ministry of Health announced today that they have delivered one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine through Zipline’s automated on-demand delivery system.
The partners also announced that Zipline has released some findings from a new third-party report, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which shows the impact of Zipline’s instant logistics system on Ghana’s healthcare system.
Data demonstrates significant increases in inventory availability, reliability and range at healthcare facilities by addressing supply chain challenges such as lack of visibility, uncertain demand forecasts and delays shipping.
“Our government’s investment in health care delivery is part of our broader mission to build a stronger and more agile health system that better serves the people of Ghana,” said the Ghanaian Minister of Health, the hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu. “Over the past few years, we have made tremendous progress in providing people with the care they need, when and where they need it. And when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we were ready to quickly and equitably deliver vaccines to Ghanaians around the world. »
The Government of Ghana and Zipline began working together in 2019. Today, Zipline operates nationwide, serving more than 15 million people from six fulfillment centers, with two more expected to launch later this year. The service has grown rapidly in Ghana to meet demand, growing from 160 installations in 2019 to nearly 2,300 today. During this period, Zipline Ghana has traveled 13 million miles and delivered over five million doses of vaccines, in addition to blood products and other essential medicines.
“Our partnership with Zipline has played a vital role in the robust administration of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana to fight the pandemic and foster healthier communities,” said Ghana Health Service Chief Executive Dr. Patrick Kuma- Aboagye. “Thanks to Zipline’s automated on-demand delivery service and other government efforts, we were able to distribute vaccines quickly and equitably to many parts of the country.”
The independent Zipline impact study was conducted by IDinsight and analyzed the health facilities served by three of Zipline’s distribution centers in Ghana. The results indicate that Zipline is contributing significantly to the Ghanaian government’s work to expand healthcare across the country, with a statistically significant impact on stock availability and supply chain performance. Some results show the Zipline system:
? 60% reduction in vaccine stock-outs and 42% reduction in missed vaccination opportunities due to inventory
? Decreased the number of days facilities were without essential medical supplies by 21%
? 10% increase in types of medicines and supplies stocked in health facilities
To put this into context, each year, on average, one in three countries experiences at least one stock-out of at least one vaccine for at least one month. Stock management at the country level accounts for about 18% of these stockouts. These inventory issues can make it difficult to vaccinate patients, contributing to an already declining vaccination coverage around the world, which leaves millions of people partially or completely unvaccinated. Improving inventory and healthcare supply chain management can help close these gaps and build healthier communities.
“We are proud to play a key role in transforming healthcare in Ghana,” said Daniel Marfo, Zipline’s senior vice president for Africa. “They have made critical investments to address systemic challenges in the healthcare supply chain. These investments have had a profound impact on the availability of medicines and vaccines, allowing patients to reliably access the care they need.
“Strong evidence gives companies like Zipline more complete visibility into how its service is being used and whether desired results are being achieved,” said Dr. Valentina Brailovskaya, the evaluation’s lead researcher. “We encourage Zipline and the Ghana Ministry of Health to maintain the momentum of evidence generation and think critically about how to further improve medical supply chains and ultimately healthcare. to patients.”