FP Virtual Dialogue: Building Resilience Across Global Health Supply Chains
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
Dr. Grace Adeya
Dr. Djamila Khady Cabral
Dr. Amit N. Thakker
For more information, contact Sherri Greeves Director of Academic Partnerships