Gavi’s Cold Chain Equipment (CCE) Optimisation Platform helps countries make the right design and economic choices when they invest in upgrading their cold chain equipment:
Upgrade and extend equipment
The Platform offers countries access to modern, high-performing equipment capable of making their cold chains more efficient. Here are some examples of the new technology available through the Platform:
- Fridges that keep vaccines cool even if power fails for multiple days;
- Solar-powered devices that do not need batteries;
- New devices that lower the risk of accidental freezing of vaccines and help reduce closed vial wastage;
- Remote temperature monitoring devices that automatically alert staff when fridges/freezers stop working. In some cases, the alert reaches the national cold chain maintenance;
- Passive cooling devices capable of keeping vaccines at the appropriate temperature with ice for up to 35 days. Voltage regulators provide protection against power surges.
Eliminating just 1% of closed vial wastage will save estimated $10-13 million.
Vaccine carriers and cold boxes used by health workers to reach remote areas are also eligible for platform support. They are one of the primary means to reach under-served communities and increase coverage.
Lower lifetime cost of ownership
Equipment available for support through the CCE will help countries reduce running costs by reducing reliance on fuel like kerosene, replaceable solar batteries and ice-packs – all of which need replacing frequently.
If existing absorption fridges – fridges which use a heat source to provide the energy to drive the cooling process - are swapped for modern solar direct drive equipment, cold chains could save up to US$ 50 million over five years.
New devices are also more durable and require less maintenance and fewer spare parts. In addition, new accessories – such as voltage regulators – can also help raise the life expectancy of cold chain equipment.
Gavi’s support will also help cover the up-front cost of installing and maintaining the equipment – this also includes user training and spare parts.
By supporting more efficient equipment that is easier to maintain and providing user training in installation and repairs, the CCE will help lower the running costs of cold chain infrastructure and its reduce the lifetime cost of ownership.
Joint investment in cost of equipment
The CCE aims to increase existing funding for cold chain equipment from bilateral donors, country budgets and/or Gavi’s health system strengthening support.
All Gavi-supported countries have access to the new technology available through the CCE. Of these countries, 55 will be able to apply for Gavi support to help fund the equipment.
Based on Gross National Income per capita, Gavi will cover 50-80% of the total purchase, delivery and installation costs. Countries are expected to fund the remaining cost.
Market shaping potential
Gavi expects its CCE Platform to follow in the footsteps of its market shaping approach to vaccines.
By facilitating reliable demand forecasts for cold chain equipment and securing predictable funding, the CCE Platform gives manufacturers confidence to invest in new technology and production. At the same time, support for country decision-making will help stimulate demand for more efficient and modern infrastructure.
More favourable market conditions for cold chain equipment will encourage innovation and bring down costs in the long term.