Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with Saadia Madsbjerg, President, The Coca-Cola Foundation and Michael Goltzman, Vice-President, Global Policy and Sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company

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For Immediate Release

Friday, April 29, 2022
Office of Press Relations
press@usaid.gov

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

Yesterday, Administrator Samantha Power met with Saadia Madsbjerg, Vice-President of Global Community Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company and President of The Coca-Cola Foundation, Michael Goltzman, Vice President of Global Policy & Sustainability at The Coca-Cola Company, and Adrian Ristow, Project Last Mile Project Director, to discuss Project Last Mile (PLM), a partnership between USAID, PEPFAR, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and The Coca-Cola Company to help improve uptake of life-saving health services and to enable medicines to go to the “last mile” and benefit communities in Africa. Administrator Power praised the long-standing private sector partnership as an example of an innovative collaboration that demonstrates the potential of partnerships between the private-sector, governments, and public health organizations.

The group discussed how this crucial work together advances public health goals by leveraging Coca-Cola’s supply chain, logistics, and strategic marketing expertise. Power, Madsbjerg and Goltzman also explored the possibility of expanding PLM to include additional partners, countries, and activities including responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Last updated: June 27, 2022

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