Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing Ukraine war, COVID-19 recovery efforts and climate change, we continued to deliver critical assistance reaching more than 120 million people in 86 countries worldwide, in collaboration with development partners.
The report also highlights Crown Agents’ work in sectors and expertise areas such as health and humanitarian response, procurement and supply chain, governance, and climate impact.
The report comes a week after it was announced that James Cameron, will be the new Crown Agents’ Chair of the Board.
Our achievements in 2022:
- Facilitated the vaccination of 22.8 million people against COVID-19 by providing technical supply chain assistance to 17 countries
- Delivered more than 700,000 items to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians during the war
- Encouraged 25,000 healthcare workers to return to hospitals and clinics in Zimbabwe through a critical retention scheme
- Increased the use of cost-effective supply chain services for quality nutritional products for 1.3 million women and children in Nigeria
- 20.5 million drug administration treatments delivered across Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Mozambique to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases
Delivering over 700,000 life-saving items into Ukraine
When Russia invaded Ukraine, our teams in Ukraine and across the globe mobilised immediately. Having worked in Ukraine for 25 years and been embedded in the Ministry of Health, we partnered with NGOs, Corporates and Foundations to respond. To date, we have procured and delivered over 700,000 lifesaving items to those affected by the war, including first aid kits, oxygen concentrators, premature baby incubators, generators, and patient monitors.
To achieve this, the organisation’s charitable arm, Crown Agents International Development (CAID), partnered with NGOs, corporates and foundations such as Help Age International, Save the Children, UBS, GSK, Pfizer, Christian Aid and Jersey Overseas Aid to meet Ukraine’s emergency response.
In December 2022, Crown Agents CEO, Fergus Drake, was awarded an OBE for services to UK/Ukraine relations in the health sector in the 2023 New Year’s Honours List.
Training over 25,000 teachers across Zambia on managing government grants for schools
Under the USAID-funded Accountable Governance for Improved Service Delivery Project (AGIS), for example, we worked closely with the Government of Zambia to ensure funds spent in the health and education sectors are managed transparently and achieve maximum impact. Under this project, over 2,000 civil servants were trained in Public Finance Management and over 25,000 teachers were trained country-wide in January 2022 to ensure that schools were ready to receive grants from the government with the introduction of free education.
Contributing to vaccinating 30% of South Sudan’s population
In South Sudan, working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and development partners, Crown Agents played a key role in strengthening immunisation service delivery, with an intensified focus on identifying and reaching unvaccinated children and marginalised communities. Through the Health Pooled Fund 3 programme, Crown Agents’ COVID-19 vaccination campaign contributed to over 30% of the country’s fully vaccinated population. The team also piloted an innovative defaulter-tracing mechanism in Juba County to identify and follow up with children who missed their immunisation appointments, leveraging the relationship between health facilities and local health workers.