As we move to introduce a growing number of
vaccines in low and middle income countries, we need to ensure that the systems
trusted with delivering them are ready for the task.
Over the past year a group of partners and
stakeholders has been working to develop a vision for immunization supply
systems for 2020.
A key part of this work was a landscape analysis of
efforts ongoing to strengthen immunization logistics and supply systems, and an
assessment of the gaps that need to be addressed to move from the efforts underway
to achieving this vision.
A first step in finding innovative solutions for
some of these gaps has been launched by the Gates Foundation's Grand
Challenges Explorations program, offering grants of $100,000 to
promising 2 page proposals that address a selection of the gaps.
This year, the initiative offers scientists,
inventors, non-governmental organizations, ministries of health and
entrepreneurs from around the world the opportunity to acquire US$100 000
grants to pursue unconventional ideas that could transform immunization supply
systems in low and middle income countries.
Proposals are being sought in the following
- Vaccine characteristic prioritization;
- Immunization supply system design;
- Environmental impact;
- Information systems;
- Human resources; and
- Vaccination acceptance.
Projects showing success will have the opportunity
to receive additional funding up to US$1 million.
For more information, or to apply visit: