Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Supports LOGIVAC Project for Professionalising Health Logistics in Sub-Saharan Africa

November 24, 2014

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded additional funds to the LOGIVAC project to carry out activities to professionalize the role of health logisticians in sub-Saharan Africa and to optimize the supply chain in Benin. The extra funding, allocated for October 2014 to March 2015, will support the following activities:

These activities will complement the achievements of LOGIVAC to date, which has made a substantial contribution over the last three years to health logistics in the region. Implemented by the Agence de Médecine Préventive (AMP) and WHO, LOGIVAC has notably supported the creation of the first French-language bachelor’s degree in health logistics, now in its third year.

Another accomplishment is the implementation of a pilot project to optimize the supply chain in Comé, based on the guidelines adopted by Benin’s Ministry of Health following an EVM-HERMES assessment. The preliminary results show a positive impact on the performance of the health system, in particular by improving the availability of high-quality vaccines in health facilities. As a result, the minister has decided to extend the model to the other regions in the country.