How UPS is responding to challenges facing the healthcare sector during the COVID-19 pandemic
Parcel delivery, shipping and logistics giant UPS is providing key financial and in-kind support to relief organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ARC’s Private Sector Advisory Board is a panel of representatives from the private sector who share their experiences in supply chain systems with the public sector. This board seeks to advance the thinking on private sector engagement in public health in Africa while exploring new models and approaches that have the highest return on investment.
In the face of the coronavirus epidemic, many of the companies represented on this board have responded to challenges facing the healthcare sector with smart and timely interventions. We’re sharing some of these here, with a focus on UPS in this edition.
UPS: RELIEF DONATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN EXPERTISE
Parcel delivery, shipping and logistics giant UPS is providing key financial and in-kind support to relief organisations as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the company and its full COVID-19 response, visit the UPS newsroom.
The UPS Foundation, which leads UPS’s social responsibility programmes, has allocated more than $21million in grants, logistics and transportation towards relief for those impacted by the novel coronavirus and support for local non-profit organizations that will serve communities through the recovery phase. It has worked in collaboration with multiple relief agencies deploying COVID-19 initiatives. These include global efforts to supply urgent medical provisions, food support to those who need it most, and financial assistance to aid recovery efforts.
UPS’s relief support includes collaboration with aid organisations and the provision of in-kind transportation, supply chain consultation, and cash contributions to expedite the distribution of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and other life-sustaining activities for impacted individuals and communities.
Some of the healthcare-focused international agencies receiving grant allocations from UPS include:
- UNICEF: Providing aid to countries and regions lacking the healthcare infrastructure and social support systems needed to address COVID-19 related needs.
- CARE: Supporting vulnerable populations in more than 23 countries by pre-positioning emergency supplies, providing water and handwashing stations, and hygiene kits, and providing self-isolation kits for rapid response teams.
- International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent: Supporting community-based health activities, access to basic services, and information management, all crucial to controlling the spread of the virus.
- World Food Programme: Providing logistics support to the Global Logistics Cluster and providing funding to support global food security
- UNHCR: Providing emergency funding and transporting essential health care supplies to refugee communities
The UPS Foundation is also a key consultative partner to global coalitions organising private sector engagement. It leverages UPS’s supply chain expertise to contribute to the Private Sector Roundtable of the Global Health Security Agenda, the World Economic Forum Pandemic Supply Chain Network and the World Economic Forum COVID Action Platform.