- THE MAGAZINE
An epidemic of maternal mortality and the blight of AIDS have plagued Kenya. In March 2003, newly elected Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki declared total war on AIDS in Kenya. Also in 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush announced PEPFAR; in July 2013, he revisited Kenya to reaffirm that promise.
But, what has been done about the staggeringly high maternal mortality rate?
In October 2011, John Snow Inc. and USAID | Deliver planned a project to have 1,000 safe delivery kits distributed to 700 locations throughout the eight provinces in Kenya. They originally approached a freight forwarder with a proposal for them to provide logistics for the project. Taking all things into consideration, they decided they were not capable of such a task. They turned to Logenix International to provide the logistics for the project. And how could Logenix refuse? They had already done this for USAID in Iraq.
Logenix had successfully planned, managed and executed the largest supply of health clinic supplies ever attempted by USAID. Logenix operated a specially licensed Free Zone warehouse in Jordan to enable receiving, warehousing, and specially “kitted” packaging of approximately 500,000 pounds (with a delivered value of almost $6 million) for 600 medical clinics in Iraq. Logenix delivered all the supplies to all 600 locations and never lost a single pharmaceutical product to war or conflict in Iraq.
Logenix was already providing logistics support and freight forwarding for the USAID | Deliver project pertaining to contraceptives, malaria meds, and stockpiling of vaccines for impending pandemic threats. Logenix has moved nearly $500,000,000 worth of contraceptives for the program, freighted high value malaria medications, and done so safely and securely. Moving the delivery kits for USAID | Deliver was outside of Logenix’s normal task orders, but Logenix was up to the task.
The plan was to pick up the kits in Kenya, split, repackage, consolidate, and then distribute them to the 700 locations. Unexpected torrential rains, inaccessible roads, and sporadic security issues threatened to cause delays, but in November 2011, the large majority of the delivery kits were distributed. Logenix even provided Proof of Delivery (POD) for every single delivery. Distribution to seven of the eight provinces had been completed, but the eighth would prove problematic.
The North Eastern Province, which borders Somalia to the East, is plagued with incidents of bandits kidnapping, robbing, and generally harassing NGO and aid workers. Add bad weather making the roads muddy and impassible..
Logenix had to watch and wait for clear skies. The bandits were a different story. Logenix took steps and implemented full armed security for all sectors of this province. It tried making deliveries through Kenya’s North Eastern province in as a timely manner as the deliveries to the other provinces, but the bandits were making that impossibile. With its record delivering to the Iraqi health clinics, without loss or damage to any product due to war or conflict, Logenix was not going to lose in Kenya. It was slowly making progress through the province and avoiding armed conflict, having delivered all but 25 kits destined for the North Eastern province in a month.
After months trying to deliver all the kits to the province against the unrelenting bandits, Logenix thought it was best to direct their ground forces on a different path. It directed them to deliver the last 25 to one location in the safest sector of the province. All 1,000 kits were delivered. Logenix was patient and played the waiting game and it had paid off.
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