GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have announced a partnership aimed at increasing supply chain efficiency for medicines and healthcare supplies.
With the goal of improving health outcomes and the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in lower- and middle-income countries, the three organizations will jointly offer an updated version of the Strategic Training Executive Program (STEP 2.0). Managed by People that Deliver, a global coalition hosted by the UNICEF Supply Division, STEP 2.0 builds on a model GAVI developed in 2015 to enhance the management capacity of immunization supply chains through a structured training program. Pairing public health supply chain leaders with private-sector experts, STEP 2.0 offers self-paced learning, facilitator-led training, on-the-job application of leadership skills, and coaching support, leveraging the technical strengths of each partner organization's programs, including USAID's Lead Lab Initiative and Transformational Leadership Program.
"Leadership skills are critical for supply chain management — yet often the leaders and managers of public health supply chains in low- and middle-income countries are former frontline health workers and have not been supported to develop these and other soft skills," said GAVI chief executive Seth Berkley. "This collaboration with USAID and the Global Fund is an opportunity to build the skills of immunization supply chain leaders who GAVI sees as a critical element to health systems strengthening. The announcement of this collaboration is especially timely, as public health supply chain leaders will be fundamental for the successful rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in 2021 and 2022."