Donors and governments have made great strides in getting life-saving medicines into countries across Africa. However, supplies don’t always reach the people who need them.

Project Last Mile is a unique partnership between The Coca-Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Foundation, USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

The project leverages Coca-Cola Africa’s network to support Ministries of Health to improve the availability of life-saving medicines and medical supplies.

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 93% of malaria-related deaths in the world. The disease is one of the greatest health threats facing pregnant women and children under five years across Africa.

Project Last Mile works with the Mozambican government to ensure life-saving medicines used to treat and prevent malaria and other diseases are available. More than 70% of the population in Mozambique lives in remote areas cut off from essential health services. Around 1,521 health facilities across the country will experience improved delivery of medicines due to the project.

In South Africa millions of people require routine access to medicines for HIV and other chronic conditions, leading to congested health facilities and challenges in the quality of care. To address this, the South African National Department of Health (NDoH) launched the Central Chronic Medicines Dispensing and Distribution (CCMDD) programme.

Project Last Mile was invited to support the NDoH in South Africa in 2016 to plan and implement a roadmap to meet the patient enrolment target.  From 400,000 patients in 2016, there are now 2 million patients enrolled in over 3,300 health facilities.

Project Last Mile has supported work in Tanzania, Nigeria, Swaziland, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, and aims to support 10 countries by 2020.

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