Stronger Drug Supply Chains Can Save Thousands of Children in Zambia and Beyond

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A pilot project in Zambia has shown that strategic improvements in the supply chain for lifesaving drugs can have an immediate and dramatic impact on child mortality.

Pediatric malaria drugs so essential to save childrens lives are now available in 88 percent of public health centers in trial districts, nearly double the 51 percent availability rate in control districts.

Scaled up nationwide, simple but smart steps, such as hiring a district-level planner to ensure smooth delivery of drugs to rural public health centers, could save as many as 27,000 children in Zambia between now and 2015. In fact, child mortality due to malaria could be cut by up to 37 percent with these changes. Read more:

Source: The World Bank

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