FP Virtual Dialogue: Building Resilience Across Global Health Supply Chains

June 29, 2021

What COVID-19 has taught us about preparing for the next pandemic

COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus the vital importance of global health supply chains while also exposing their vulnerability: More robust, integrated networks are required worldwide to ensure critical health supplies, equipment and delivery systems can stay up and running during natural emergencies, political crises or economic shocks. This is especially important in regions with limited access to healthcare and across the developing world—where a lack of infrastructure and weak healthcare systems render communities more acutely vulnerable to such disruptions. 

As the international community has committed unprecedented action and resources to strengthening global health security in the battle against COVID-19, what lessons have we learned about health supply chain risks and ways to mitigate them? How have global organizations worked to address disruptions and bring life-saving care to communities in need? What is being done now to shore up more resilient supply chains for future pandemics and other shocks?  

Foreign Policy, in partnership with Chemonics, convened a timely conversation spotlighting the crucial role health supply chains play in global recovery, development and security. We explored efforts across policy, international aid and development services to improve health systems and address key levers including technology and data visibility, integration of global and local supply chains, and capacity building and ownership at the local level.

Join the conversation online using #SupplyChains4Health

In partnership with

Dr. Grace Adeya
Malaria Director, Chemonics
Dr. Adeya is a public health physician who currently serves as the Malaria Task Order Director for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management...
FP-DR. Adeya Grace
FP-DR. Adeya Grace
Ravi Agrawal
Ravi Agrawal is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade, including his most recent position as the network’s New...
ravi agrawal
ravi agrawal
Juliet Anammah
Chairwoman, Jumia Nigeria and Independent Non-Executive Director, Imperial Logistics
Juliet Anammah joined Jumia in 2015 as Chairwoman of Jumia Nigeria. She serves on the Board of CGAP, a not for profit agency funded by IFC/ World Bank and other DFIs and ...
FP-Juliet Anammah
FP-Juliet Anammah
Dr. Djamila Khady Cabral
WHO Representative, Angola
Recently appointed as WHO Representative in Angola, Dr. Djamila Khady Cabral graduated in Medicine (1987) and Master in Demography (2000), and began her career in public health ...
FP-Djamila Cabral
FP-Djamila Cabral
Kerry Pelzman
Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
Kerry Pelzman currently serves as the Acting Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Global Health. She is a member of the Senior Foreign Service and has more than 33 years of...
FP-Kerry Pelzman
FP-Kerry Pelzman
Dr. Amit N. Thakker
Executive Chairman, Africa Health Business
A visionary entrepreneur and an industry captain, Dr. Amit N. Thakker, has been a groundbreaking pioneer in the integration of private sector within the health system in Africa....

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