Project Last Mile made significant progress in transforming the delivery of life-saving medicines and increasing the demand for health services across Africa during 2018.
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In examining access to health care in Africa, Project Last Mile’s donor partners asked the key question, “If you can find a
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During 2018, Project Last Mile strengthened its established programmes in South Africa Mozambique and Tanzania, while also focusing on developing stronger relationships with ministries of health and kick-starting pilot projects in newer countries including Liberia, Sierre Leone, eSwatini and Nigeria.
In South Africa, the Project worked with USAID and the South African Department of Health to revolutionise access to chronic medication and Anti-Retroviral Treatment for more than 2 million people through the development of patient-friendly, alternative pick-up points.
In Mozambique, where over 70% of the population lives in rural and remote areas, often cut off from essential public infrastructure and health services, programmes to optimise distribution routes for life-saving medication were rolled out to seven more provinces. The organisation’s work in Mozambique was also featured in a short documentary “The Last Mile” celebrating the progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS since the release of the iconic movie “Philadelphia” 25 years ago.
The organisation’s programme in Sierra Leone launched a project to work directly with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the National Medical Supplies Agency to design an effective and cost-efficient Last Mile Delivery model that will ensure full availability of essential medicines across all of Sierra Leone’s 1,269 peripheral health units.
Project Last Mile’s work is receiving increased recognition on global platforms. Some of the achievements of the partnership were showcased by the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) which published a peer-reviewed publication on Project Last Mile in the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches. Click here to read the article. In addition, the Company’s partnership with Global Citizen highlighted Project Last Mile’s valuable work across the continent, which attracts many young people wanting to know more about the project. Click here to read the articles.
In the year ahead, Project Last Mile will continue to make a big impact in improving the availability of life-saving medicines and demand for health services across Africa. It is part of The
Find out more about Project Last Mile by visiting their new website at projectlastmile.com.