Healthy Dose: Coca Cola and Global Fund Unveil Expanded Partnership

September 26, 2012

Clinton Global Initiative, CGI

The Global Fund pledged at CGI to expand its “Project Last Mile” partnership with Coca Cola.

Tanzania is the second-largest recipient of grants from the Global Fund. Funding has enabled a critical scale-up in access to life-saving medicines for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, which makes expanding distribution systems and improving logistics even more pressing. An estimated 39 percent of Global Fund grants worldwide have been used on procurement of pharmaceuticals and other health products. This amounts to a cumulative expenditure of more than US$ 4.5 billion since 2002.

“The success of this project demonstrates our belief in the power of civil society, government and the private sector working together to solve real global problems. It’s what we call the ‘golden triangle,'” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company. “This collaboration uses our global business expertise to help solve critical logistical requirements for the delivery of medicines to reach the most remote parts of Africa.”

Gabriel Jaramillo, General Manager of the Global Fund, said: “Unfortunately, when medicine is available, it doesn’t always reach the people who need it. Supply chains in remote parts of the world often don’t work efficiently, and that can mean that deaths that should be prevented still occur. What we noticed was that Coca-Cola’s products always seemed to get to every remote regions and we thought that if they could get their product there, with their support, maybe we could too.”

Building on the successes in Tanzania, the project has expanded to Ghana, to improve access to essential medicines and vaccines. Additionally, a partnership with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has been established as Project Last Mile continues to expand to other regions. In scaling up into Mozambique partners will leverage an existing collaboration between Coca-Cola and the Clinton Health Access Initiative.

“We are proud to join this high-impact public-private partnership with an eye towards expanding into other countries,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. “Leveraging Coca-Cola’s core business expertise and distribution channels has the potential to significantly improve how we bring life-saving products to the hardest-to-reach parts of the world.”

The idea for the “Project Last Mile” partnership began in 2009 when the Global Fund approached Coca-Cola to learn from its logistical expertise and address distribution challenges faced in Tanzania. Partners announced the first phase of the partnership at CGI’s 2010 Annual Meeting with The Coca-Cola Company committing to help maximize delivery of vital drugs, medicines and medical supplies to the people who need them most. That commitment has been delivered and exceeded expectations.


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Buzzing in the Blogs

The Huffington Post unveiled a new special section in support of the efforts of the Global Fund called ‘The Big Push.’

Picture this: A world where virtually no child is born with HIV, or where no death is caused by a mosquito bite or by tuberculosis. As unrealistic as that sounds, the reality is that we are much closer to achieving this dream than anyone realizes. But, like every amazing advance made by humankind, this goal needs a Big Push.

Well, The Big Push to finally eliminate deaths from these three devastating diseases and others starts now!

Initiated by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in partnership with The Huffington Post, The Big Push is a digital campaign to rally support for our goal to virtually eliminate global deaths from these three deadly diseases and achieve other global health goals.

The collection of portraits in the slideshow below embodies the hope and ambitions of people from around the globe who have joined The Big Push for global health. Let’s show the world that the time has come to change the course of history and end the impact of these diseases once and for all. We have made tremendous advances in the past 10 years — we can’t stop now. We need a Big Push.

Are you in?


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By Mark Leon Goldberg and Tom Murphy; Photo Credit

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