Peli BioThermal Helps Missionpharma Deliver Insulin to Africa

Sep 10, 2021

Established in 1975, Missionpharma is committed to making a difference in Africa. The organization supplies high volumes of healthcare products across the continent through pharmaceutical supply programs. Their aim is to strengthen healthcare in Africa through engagement, cooperation and intelligent solutions in close partnership with local stakeholders.

Based near Copenhagen, Denmark, the organization recently engaged Peli BioThermal to support a challenging shipment of insulin from Denmark to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to the product labels of insulin manufacturers, insulin storage temperatures must remain between 2 - 8 degrees Celsius. Extreme temperature exposure--both too hot or too cold--can make insulin less effective.

Due to airport size and service in Goma, DRC, the insulin shipment would require a longer, multimodal trip. The temperature controlled packaging solution would need to keep the insulin between 2 - 8 degrees Celsius for seven days in extreme exterior temperature conditions through challenging shipping lanes.

The planned route included:

  • Trucking from a warehouse in Lynge, Denmark to Copenhagen airport, Denmark
  • Airfreight from Copenhagen airport, Denmark to Amsterdam airport, Netherlands
  • Stored at keep cool facility until flight departure
  • Airfreight from Amsterdam airport, Netherlands to Kigali airport, Rwanda
  • Stored at keep cool facility until truck pickup
  • Trucking in temperature controlled vehicle from Kigali airport, Rwanda to Goma warehouse, DRC

Missionpharma chose CoolPall™ Flex for its ability to hibernate and minimize the risk of challenging shipping lanes. CoolPall™ Flex bulk shippers are a highly customizable solution with the ability to tailor bulk shipments to specific shipping lanes or performance requirements. They offer optimal thermal protection at lowest overall cost.

After arrival in Goma, the temperature monitor data was returned to Missionpharma for review of the cold chain. The CoolPall™ Flex products lived up to their expectations without any excursions. Missionpharma continues to use CoolPall™ Flex for more sensitive multimodal transports.

For more information about CoolPall™ Flex, visit pelibiothermal.com/products/coolpall-flex.

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