Drone-based Vaccine Deliveries in Vanuatu – Submit your tender by June 20

Drone-based Vaccine Deliveries in Vanuatu – Submit your tender by June 20

The Republic of Vanuatu is a Y-shaped archipelago consisting of 83 relatively small islands of volcanic origin that run 1600 kilometres north to south. 65 islands in the archipelago are inhabited and only 20 of them have functional airfields and established roads. Many islands and villages are accessible only by boat, and the roads on the major islands only connect the most important towns and villages. Roads are in bad condition, and they are flooded or washed away quite often due to the predominant climate conditions..

Due to these limitations, vaccine and health supply logistics are expensive, risky, and unreliable. Mobile teams are frequently required to walk to villages and communities in remote areas.carrying temperature-sensitive vaccines and equipment. If the cold chain is disrupted, vaccines rapidly degrade and do not provide the children the required immunization. The challenges faced to access remote communities and support the vaccine supply chain also contributes to the frequent lack of stock within health facilities.

What is the Vanuatu MoH looking for?

MoH, in assessment with UNICEF, is exploring the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, as a quick, reliable, and effective mode of transportation to deliver vaccines from main health facilities to dispensaries, aid post, and mobile vaccination teams. It also includes maintaining the cargo temperature between 2 and 8 Celsius degrees -to ensure the cold chain is not interrupted and the vaccines are delivered in optimal condition.

The primary objective of the project is to test the technical feasibility and economical sustainability of including this new mode of transportation into the existing Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) as a last-mile delivery resource. To achieve this objective, Ministry of Health is seeking to contract up to three service contractors through a government procurement process. Three (3) Request for Tender (RFT) processes for physical services, for Pentecost, Epi & Shephedrs, and Erromago islands respectively, have been officially issued (download a .pdf version of each RFT process below)

The RFTs are not mutually exclusive and, if individuals or companies opt to apply, may result in them being contracted to provide services for a maximum of two of them.

Submit your tender(s) BEFORE 20 JUNE 2018 1:00 PM VLT to provide the logistical services to deliver vaccines via drones for the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Vanuatu.

Read more about the tender and how to submit un Unicef website here.

Source:  unicefstories.org