Achieving “health for all” is core to Pfizer’s purpose. We recognize that today’s complex healthcare challenges require groundbreaking and sustainable solutions, so we work every day to advance breakthroughs that strengthen health systems and improve access to care – particularly for those in the most marginalized communities. Recent years have seen tremendous progress that has helped to close the access gap in many parts of the world, but approximately half of today's 7 billion people continue to lack coverage of essential health services. We know that, if we are to truly achieve “health for all,” our approach must evolve to meet the needs of those who remain outside the grasp of care.
For these reasons, and many more, we are incredibly proud to announce a new four-year agreement with Zipline. Together with Zipline’s other partners, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gavi Alliance, and the UPS Foundation, we will help support the Government of Ghana in establishing a medical drone delivery system to ensure access to crucial health products in some of the nation’s most rural areas. These drones are delivering nearly 150 essential medicine products – including blood, emergency and routine vaccines, and emergency and essential medicines – to reach an estimated 2,000-2,500 health facilities and 15 million citizens in rural Ghana. Of note, no Pfizer medicines are certain to be included in any deliveries.
The Government of Ghana has a history of prioritizing the health of its people through progressive programs that offer social protection and improve access to quality services – making the ambition of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including universal health coverage, a real possibility for the country. This new venture is a potentially transformative step forward, leveraging the power of drone technology to strengthen systems, expand access to care and reach the last mile.
With this new delivery system, we can leverage real-time data to increase supply chain efficiencies for essential, high-volume stocked medicines and medical products, and provide “just-in-time” availability for emergency products. Pfizer’s support is helping to build the infrastructure needed to further strengthen Ghana’s health system and improve health outcomes through increasing access to medicines, with no commercial interests in the medicines and vaccines delivered through the drones.
Through unique, impactful partnerships such as this one, we seek to build a healthier world for all. We are hopeful that learnings from this program will help drive continued innovation needed to improve global health and patient access around the world.