Lack of Reliable Transportation Undermines Delivery of Lifesaving Vaccines
University of Pittsburgh / Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Computer Simulations Highlight Need to Increase Focus on Vaccine Transport
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Transportation of vaccines is a critical component for improving vaccination rates in low-income countries and warrants more attention, according to a computer simulation by the HERMES Logistics Modeling Team at the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). The team recently reported their findings in the PLOS ONE online journal (http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0064303).
Each year, millions of dollars of potentially lifesaving vaccines fail to reach populations throughout the world. Most aid programs tend to focus more on purchasing vaccines or donating refrigerators and freezers to help ensure vaccine delivery. The computer simulation of the West African nation of Niger showed that improving transportation as well could improve vaccine availability among children and mothers from roughly 50 percent to more than 90 percent.