The Alliance is working with the Government of Mozambique and UNICEF to cut red tape around the importation of a range of essential vaccines and associated medical products.
This project aims to reduce processing times, improve shipment traceability, and cut costs stemming from vaccine storage and inventory management.
Traditionally, vaccines require a written pre-shipment government authorisation that includes details on their country or origin, proof of effectiveness, and details on the shipment’s contents. The application and approval process can take as much as two weeks while the vaccines are being held in storage.
The project will digitise these processes by integrating them into Mozambique’s existing Electronic Single Window system and establish ways for relevant government ministries, health agencies, and Customs to coordinate more effectively on vaccine imports.
What we are doing
Alongside government ministries and agencies, and with industry expertise and data assistance from UNICEF, we are supporting Mozambique in cutting the time and costs involved in importing routine vaccines, including those for diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, pneumonia, meningitis, measles and rubella, and polio. The project will streamline and digitise existing processes as well as examining the feasibility of creating a master authorisation certificate to cover multiple vaccine and health product consignments. Customs will also support the project through developing expedited release processes.
The project is being implemented in cooperation with the Mozambique Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the National Directorate of Pharmacy, Central Medical Stores within the Ministry of Health, as well as Customs and the National Trade Facilitation Committee. From the private sector, Alliance business partners will be providing the project their industry expertise and relevant data.
Digitisation of processes and closer coordination among relevant agencies will:
- reduce the time needed to import key vaccines and associated products
- improve the traceability of these critical medical supplies and decrease the risks of delay posed by misplaced, incorrect, or damaged paperwork
- increase cooperation and collaboration between different border and government agencies
- lower the costs associated with storage and inventory management
Private traders, who import the vaccines and related medical products on the government’s behalf, see lower direct and indirect costs relating to storage and inventory issues stemming from delays at the border.
The project can make a significant contribution toward the government’s five-year comprehensive vaccination campaign and boost overall public health by ensuring that all Mozambicans and particularly children are vaccinated against the most common diseases.
To assess our impact on the ease of trading, once the project is complete the Alliance will measure clearance times, the costs associated with shipment and storage.
The project is expected to take nearly 11 months and will include the creation of a working group comprised of all stakeholders to improve visibility and ensure post-project sustainability of outcomes.
How can the private sector get involved?
We are looking for logistics and healthcare companies to participate in the creation of a healthcare workgroup to be co-ordinated by the National Trade Facilitation Committee, a public-private platform for cooperation that can sustain the momentum of trade reforms.
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