The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project has launched a podcast series!
Health on Ice captures the lessons learned from transportation of critical health commodities in low-resource settings, especially during the time of global pandemic and as they apply to vaccine transportation. This podcast will focus on critical health commodity and vaccine infrastructure (i.e. cold chain logistics); how to put that infrastructure in place; challenges/successes related to establishing a reliable cold chain; where cold chain capabilities exist among the countries GHSC-PSM supports; and what gaps/major hurdles countries face as they gear up to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to the last mile. It will also highlight critical partnerships, or ones that will become more critical as vaccine distribution begins, and other supply chain challenges to consider when initiating a campaign to effectively distribute a vaccine and ensure it is available when and where it is needed.
Episode 1, “Hand sanitizer is dangerous cargo,” launched in April 2021, and focuses on the supply chain interruptions posed by COVID-19 and global vaccine distribution. It serves as health supply chain 101 for those who want to know more about how certain commodities are produced and transported.