The UPS Foundation commits $3MM USD to Gavi to expand innovative last-mile delivery network to get vaccines to children in hard-to-reach communities

The UPS partnership with Gavi builds on successful efforts to expand and improve vaccine delivery in Uganda and some of the world’s most under-served communities.

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  • The UPS partnership with Gavi builds on successful efforts to expand and improve vaccine delivery in Uganda and some of the world's most underserved communities
  • To date, UPS cold chain best practices have resulted in regularly scheduled vaccine deliveries, significant stock-out reductions and an increase of 100,000 in monthly vaccine distribution rates
  • Commitment leverages US$2 million from the Gavi Matching Fund, resulting in US$5 million in support
  • Programme taps into the deep expertise of UPS in healthcare supply chain management and commitment to humanitarian and development goals

The UPS Foundation, which leads the global citizenship programmes for UPS (NYSE: UPS), and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, announced today a commitment of US$3 million in new funding and in-kind logistics support spanning two years, provided by UPS and The UPS Foundation to Gavi. The new support will enable Gavi to continue to strengthen supply chain networks that deliver life-saving vaccines to children in the world’s poorest countries, and expand coverage of essential childhood vaccines with the mission of eliminating childhood deaths from avoidable diseases.

The UPS Foundation's contribution of US$2 million in cash and US$1 million in UPS in-kind services, combined with a matching sum of US$2 million from the Gavi Matching Fund, results in a total of US$5 million towards an expansion of the previous shared efforts made by the organisations. The contribution will apply to Gavi's 2021 to 2025 strategic period. The Gavi Matching Fund was created in 2011 to encourage businesses to invest in global immunisation.

This commitment extends long-standing partnership of The UPS Foundation's and UPS with Gavi and draws on the company's deep expertise in healthcare supply chain management. The UPS Foundation's corporate partnership with Gavi began in 2014. Since that time, UPS has provided funding and technical expertise aimed at establishing reliable cold chain networks, expanding last mile delivery of vaccines, broadening the pool of trained supply chain managers in priority countries and spearheading innovation.

"Strong and efficient supply chains are essential to Gavi's work," said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi. "With support from The UPS Foundation, we have in recent years been able to greatly enlarge and improve supply chains that Gavi-eligible countries rely on to deliver vaccines, even in some of the most remote areas of the world. We are extremely grateful to The UPS Foundation, whose close partnership with Gavi has yielded truly groundbreaking accomplishments. We are excited to move ahead with the next chapter of this enormously fruitful relationship."

"As a purpose-driven, global organisation, our support for Gavi's mission can help advance our society in the most important way – our children's future – and catalyse more private sector support," said Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation and UPS Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. "We aspire to create pathways for the public sector and civil society to better connect with the private sector, to create more efficient systems, and enable innovations that improve the delivery of vital health services and commodities like vaccines."

With the support of the Ugandan government and Minister of Health, in July 2018, UPS and Gavi developed a pilot last mile vaccine delivery network in three districts around Kampala, Uganda, serving three million people and focused on improving the percentage of Ugandan children who receive childhood vaccines. Working with the Ugandan Ministry of Health, UPS, Gavi and the authorised UPS service contractor established a vaccine delivery system reaching more than 150 clinics. The pilot, which was well received by local health networks, used cold chain best practices, vehicles with refrigerators, temperature monitoring tools, and stock management systems to track inventory and trigger ordering before vaccines are out of stock.

The UPS Foundation's contributions have supported, among other activities, the Strategic Training Executive Programme (STEP) Leadership Development programme, which builds supply chain managers' capacity to provide end-to-end management of vaccine supply chains.

This new contribution from The UPS Foundation, combined with that from the Gavi Matching Fund, will be used to support Gavi's supply chain initiatives across the 2021-2025 period, thus strengthening the Alliance's capacity to engage with the private sector and replicate the successful Uganda model to exponentially increase the availability of vaccines for children in other countries.

About The UPS Foundation

Since being founded in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programmes that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programmes and is responsible for facilitating community involvement in local, national, and global communities. In 2019, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $123.8 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at and @UPS_Foundation on Twitter.

About Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership that helps vaccinate half the world's children against some of the world's deadliest diseases. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped immunise a whole generation – over 760 million children – and prevented more than 13 million deaths, helping to halve child mortality in 73 developing countries. Gavi also plays a key role in improving global health security by supporting health systems as well as funding global stockpiles for Ebola, cholera, meningitis and yellow fever vaccines. After two decades of progress, Gavi is now focused on protecting the next generation and reaching the unvaccinated children still being left behind, employing innovative financing and the latest technology – from drones to biometrics – to save millions more lives, preventing outbreaks before they can spread and helping countries on the road to self-sufficiency. Find out more at and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. View the full list of donor governments and other leading organisations that fund Gavi's work here.

About UPS Healthcare

UPS Healthcare delivers unparalleled healthcare logistics expertise to its customers around the world. UPS Healthcare has 11+ million square feet of cGMP and GDP-compliant healthcare distribution space globally. Its services include inventory management, cold chain packaging and shipping, storage and fulfilment of medical devices, and lab and clinical trial logistics. UPS Healthcare's global infrastructure, its UPS® Premier visibility service, its track and trace technology, and its global quality system are well-suited to meeting today's complex logistics demands for the pharmaceutical, medical device, and laboratory diagnostic industries.

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