The Coca-Cola Company and Project Last Mile are united in their ambition to see an AIDS-free generation. As part of that goal, the pioneering partnership is dedicated to supplying life-saving medicines to those in need, no matter where they live.

Since 2010, Project Last Mile has been striving to improve health system supply chains across some of the world’s poorest countries. The partnership between USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund, The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundations believes life-saving medicines, including those used to manage HIV and treat AIDS-related illnesses, should be in reach of every person in Africa.

“It’s critical that business, civil society and government come together to share unique expertise and drive powerful change in communities”
- Bea Perez, Coca-Cola’s Chief Sustainability Officer

How does Coca-Cola help?

To achieve this goal and work towards an AIDS-free generation, The Coca-Cola Company and our regional Coca-Cola networks have been reaching out to local Ministry of Health departments and sharing their expertise on marketing and distribution with each country.

We’re committed to doing our part to help strengthen communities across Africa, combining our efforts with the expertise of partners like the Global Fund, USAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that focus on innovation and solutions for public health challenges,” says Bea Perez, Coca-Cola’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “It’s critical that business, civil society and government come together to share unique expertise and drive powerful change in communities. We’re honoured to share our experience from doing business in Africa for more than 85 years.”

Life-saving medicines are delivered by canoe.

What has the partnership achieved?

Through its work with Project Last Mile, The Coca-Cola Company has improved supply systems in Mozambique and Tanzania by helping governments develop better routes to market and streamlining the process between medicine warehouses and delivery.

Marketing teams have also helped the South African government design and build more efficient routes-to-market. These new routes have already helped revolutionise the way medicines are being delivered and collected by patients, and have had a huge impact on those who depend on antiretrovirals for managing HIV.

Project Last Mile wants to encourage other private sector companies to share their strengths and join the mission.

Working towards an AIDS-free generation

In Swaziland, marketing experts have shared their knowledge in a bid to increase the demand and use of HIV-related services and medicines, especially for young women who are at the highest risk of HIV infection.

Meanwhile, in Ghana, The Coca-Cola Company’s refrigeration repair and purchasing programmes have helped improve maintenance systems and routines.

Project Last Mile and its partners are not only committed to improving the availability of life-saving medicines in Africa but to encouraging other private sector companies to share their strengths and join the mission towards an AIDS-free generation.

Find out more about The Coca-Cola Company’s involvement in the fight against AIDS/HIV