Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Supply Systems and Equipment


Demonstrating technologies and system interventions

In the last 10 years, Senegal has successfully increased vaccine coverage across the country. However, its vaccine supply chain has now reached a point of saturation, making it difficult to introduce new vaccines that require more robust systems for transportation and storage. In response to these challenges, project Optimize, a collaboration between the World Health Organization and PATH, worked together with the Senegal Ministry of Health to pilot vaccine supply system interventions that can help the country meet anticipated needs over the next 10 to 15 years.

Project Optimize-supported activities in Senegal

Between 2009 and 2013, project Optimize collaborated with the Senegal Ministry of Health to:

  • Integrate the vaccine supply chain with that of other public-sector drugs and other health products from the central to the regional level, managed by the National Procurement Pharmacy.
  • Demonstrate a “moving warehouse” operated by the Regional Supply Pharmacy and the Saint-Louis office of the PNA and staffed with delivery teams that bypass the district storage level to visit health facilities directly, replenishing stock and providing technical assistance and supportive supervision as needed.
  • Test a logistics management information system that links moving warehouse operations information to existing information systems.
  • Improve the reliability of vaccine storage at both the regional level and at hard-to-reach health posts by installing solar direct-drive refrigerators with remote temperature monitoring alarm systems to power the regional vaccine store.
  • Model the supply system in order to generate cost data and simulate various supply chain scenarios for the future.
  • Develop a long-term vision for the supply and logistics systems of immunization and other health care supplies.

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