Medicines and Coca-Cola
If these projects succeed, companies can optimize their production and marketing processes and scale up. “Often we also help organize the logistics, so that we can reach people in the most remote areas through our network.”
In Africa, for example, historically, studies show that up to 70 percent of the vaccine supply could expire because the cold chain is interrupted during transport. “We worked with companies to help develop refrigeration units that are guaranteed to hold their temperature up to three weeks, even without electricity,” says Magaziner.
In organizing drug distribution, CHAI cooperates with a company that may have one of the largest logistics network worldwide: Coca-Cola. “You can find the soft drink in any African village, no matter how remote it is,” says Magaziner. “Ultimately we find a solution – which can range from truck to donkey – for regions in each country.”
According to Magaziner, aid and profit are related: “Health built on charity does not work, at least not sustainably.” It is important that countries build their own systems for financing healthcare whether through government budgets or health insurance schemes, he says. Ethiopia, South Africa and Rwanda are already establishing such funds.