The prospect of delivering the COVID-19 vaccine in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) is more daunting than childhood vaccine delivery, mostly because the target population for vaccination is novel and the systems are not yet developed to efficiently accomplish adult immunization. In addition to ensuring the developed vaccines are appropriate for specific LMIC contexts, the distribution system—the supply chain—must be established, local medical policies created, health systems improved to include adult immunization, and community trust and support cultivated. Ad hoc programs are not enough, because countries will need to reach the same beneficiaries several times to facilitate vaccines that require two doses, as well as to administer future boosters and potentially conduct annual vaccination. But these challenges can be solved by technologies that facilitate supply chain monitoring, site-level information collection, beneficiary management, and data analytics.  

 The USAID SAFEMed Activity in Ukraine launched an innovative public private partnership to improve the distribution of antiretrovirals for HIV and TB medications.

The rates of HIV and TB in Ukraine are high, yet some regions lack access to enough medicines for these and other conditions. The country has the second-largest HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Tuberculosis, which is the leading cause of death among infectious diseases in Ukraine, is especially dangerous due to the high estimated number of patients with multidrug-resistant TB.

{Crédit photo : Les Angles d’Afrique}Dr. Pétas Akogbéto et l’Ambassadeur des Etats-Unis Patricia Mahoney.Crédit photo : Les Angles d’Afrique

To read this article in English, please click here.Depuis les premiers cas confirmés de la COVID-19 le 17 mars 2020, le Bénin a pris des mesures importantes pour lutter contre la pandémie.Afin de soutenir le pays dans ce combat, l’Activité de Services de Santé Intégrés de l’Agence des Etats-Unis pour le Développement International (USAID), mise en œuvre par Management Sciences for Health, a aidé les départements de l’Alibori, de l’Atacora, de l’Ouémé et du Plateau dans la cr&