Energize the Chain
Energize the Chain
Not-for-profitYear launched: 2010
Existing or expanding (post-pilot)
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Maternal, newborn and child health
SummaryEnergize the Chain (EtC) was founded to address the problem of child deaths due to vaccine-preventable diseases. By facilitating public-private partnerships among ministries of health and the telecommunication industry, EtC can capitalize on the power and data transfer capabilities available at cell towers, the organization provides reliable power and remote monitoring, which are essential to preserving vaccine effectiveness, a sustainable and scalable solution. Through these means, EtC aims to develop sustainable solutions to problem of effective storage of vaccines to maintain their potency and effectiveness and to overcome delivery obstacles in developing countries associated with maintaining vaccine refrigeration.
The overall goal is to eradicate vaccine preventable deaths worldwide by making effective vaccines as accessible as global cell phone coverage.
- To provide the energy sources (from both "excess" and additional power sources) necessary for the global delivery of viable immunizations that require constant refrigeration.
- To couple the growth of mobile device usage with the growth of available immunizations in developing nations by partnering with both the private sector and government agencies.
- To create sustainable infrastructures that will ultimately be maintained independently by the developing countries.
Key program components
- Technology: Extensive networks of cell towers exist in even the most underdeveloped regions, and these cell towers produce enough extra energy to power vaccine refrigerators or ice production units. This enables EtC to store vaccines at tower locations to ensure vaccine viability and access in remote communities.
- Environmental Integrity: The organization increases vaccine accessibility by developing local stores and points of access. EtC promotes green savings by reducing gasoline use for transport.
- Public-Private Partnerships: The organization fosters public-private partnerships in order to promote sustainability.
- Establish relationships with both cell tower companies and cell tower operators (to correlate the vaccine cold chain with the global coverage of cell phone towers).
- Identify key stakeholders and partners in the government.
- Form partnerships with private companies and their corporate social responsibility branches for effective vaccine delivery.
- Forge relationships with pharmaceutical companies to reach vaccines at lowest cost possible to those most in need.
- Identify reliable and affordable security for the transportation and delivery of vaccines, ranging from ice pack freezing to vaccine refrigerators.
- Utilize technical and business expertise of EtC members in guiding partner agencies on the ground on improved processes and technological innovations.
- Implement pilot program on the ground and task EtC members to evaluate outcomes of effectiveness and impact.
- Educate the appropriate profile and number of individuals in the inoculation of vaccines.
Number of personnel employed:
Fewer than 10
Goal of technology use:
To improve data collection, organization, or analysis
Primary source of funding:
Percentage of total funding from this source:
No, the program is its own organization.
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