Learning from Coca-Cola

When it comes to expanding medical supply chains in the developing world, there is much to be learned from Coca-Cola’s global-scale production and distribution model, and there is much to be borrowed. There is also much that is impossible to replicate.

Over the past century, new technologies, innovation in delivery models, and increased government support have drastically transformed the health of human populations. Most people living in the developed world now live longer and healthier lives than ever before. Yet for the 1.29 billion people living on less than $1.25 per day, quality health care remains out of reach. The World Health Organization estimates that every year more than 7.6 million children under the age of 5 die and more than 1.7...

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