Global Fund and Coca-Cola partner up to bring medicine to remote regions

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Coca-Cola Company have teamed up to help the delivery of important medicines to remote parts of the world.

Coca-Cola and the Global Fund discussed their plans for Project Last Mile during the recent Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. The public-private partnership, which was established in 2010, will improve the availability of critical medicines to 75 percent of Tanzania and will expand the initiative to Mozambique and Ghana.

"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," Muhtar Kent, the chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, said. "It's what we call the 'golden triangle.' 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."

Since 2010, the project has reduced lead time for the delivery of medicine to Tanzania by as much as 25 days, empowered the government-run Medical Stores Department to expand its distribution system from 500 warehouse drop off points to the direct delivery of medicines to 5,000 health facilities, enabled health facilities to put in their own orders for medicines, improved the availability of important medicines in health clinics by 20 to 30 percent, and benefited approximately 20 million people.

"You guys have done a great thing here," President Bill Clinton said. "Tonight you should go to bed thinking about all the people that will be alive this year because of what you did."