The Dedicated Logistics System
International vaccine coverage rates hover around 80% and 1.5 million children still die from vaccine preventable diseases. While vaccines and other medical commodities are widely available, delivering vaccines and reaching the final 20% of children in many countries is still a significant and complex challenge. Key decision makers do not have data visibility to accurately forecast and respond, transport issues prevent reliable deliveries, and health workers struggle to adequately deliver care given the immense demands placed on them.
Improving reliable access to vaccines under these constraints requires a system-wide approach in order to achieve long-term, sustainable impact. For more than a decade, VillageReach has been engaged with community and governmental partners on the ground in Mozambique to redesign the supply chain model. Together with our partners, VillageReach is a leading contributor to the international effort to prioritize supply chain system design through proven innovations like the Dedicated Logistics System, or DLS.
The DLS introduced new efficiencies to Mozambique’s vaccine supply chain resulting in
- significant increases in fully vaccinated children
- dramatic reduction in stock-outs, and
- reduced government operating costs