Health Systems Strengthening
Across Africa, governments and donors have made progress in getting medicines into countries. However, the medicine does not always reach the health facilities where people collect it, and nearly 50 percent of people lack access to these critical medicines. Despite considerable investments in infrastructure and resources by many international and African governments, ensuring a consistent and timely supply of medicine to people is still a challenge. In many parts of Africa, this means patients can’t get life-saving medicines from their closest health clinic because of lack of stock or expired medicines. In addition, generating demand for medicine and health services and changing behavior to promote healthy living is also challenging.
Through Project Last Mile, GETF supports the adaptation of leading private sector approaches to strategic marketing to improve uptake of life-saving medicines and health services.
Project Last Mile (PLM) is a public-private partnership that applies Coca-Cola’s supply-chain management and marketing expertise to support African governments in reaching the “last mile” to deliver life-saving medicines and supplies to the hardest-to-reach communities. PLM’s cross-sector partners include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Global Fund, and the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute. To date, Project Last Mile has supported work in eight countries in Africa, with the program goal to improve health systems management and supply chain efficiencies in 10 African countries by 2020. GETF serves as the fiduciary and partnership manager for Project Last Mile.