Multi-million dollar industry announcement at vaccine  summit 

Leading wholesalers become new players in global health

At the Gavi Pledging Conference, Berlin, Germany


The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW), the world’s leading pharmaceutical wholesale industry association, represents over 40 companies across 6 continents, including several Fortune 500 companies. IFPW member companies comprise 40% of the global pharmaceutical distribution market.


Position IFPW as a major new player in global health, highlighting its unique role in improving health supply chains and immunization programs in developing countries. The Gavi Pledging Conference, “Reach Every Child,” a high-level event hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the time of Germany’s G7 Presidency, brought together global leaders to mobilize $7.5 billion for Gavi to save the lives of an estimated 5-6 million children across 70 countries through immunization. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is a leading global financing organization that brings together public and private sectors to share the vision of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children in developing countries. Chancellor Merkel convened a number of heads of state and influential stakeholders including Dr. Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania; Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, President of Mali; Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank; Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; ministers of more than 20 implementing and donor countries; leading civil society groups; CEOs of vaccine manufacturing companies; UN agencies and others to the event.


  • Positioned IFPW and the healthcare distribution industry as a new strategic business partner in global health and raisedawareness with global government leaders
  • Designed and delivered the commitment of IFPW’s first-of-its-kind three year multi-million dollar partnership with Gavi, announced by Ornella Barra, Chairwoman of the IFPW and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Boots Alliance Walgreens
  • Outlined specific partnership opportunities to address immunization supply chain needs in Gavi program countries, starting in East and West Africa
  • Accelerated the implementation of IFPW’s first ever strategy in global health, also developed by GD


Additional Resources:

IFPW and Gavi Press Release 

Gavi Replenishment Summit

About IFPW and Global Development 

GD played a critical role in identifying opportunities in global health for the pharmaceutical wholesale sector and in realizing this transformational partnership, including cultivating the relationship with Gavi leading up to this exciting announcement.
Mark Parrish, CEO IFPW