2021 Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference

20-22 September 2021

The 13th annual Health and Humanitarian Logistics (HHL) conference will be co-hosted by the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA) and Georgia Tech Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems. Supporting organisers include North Carolina State University, INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group, MIT Humanitarian Response Lab and Northeastern University.

The conference will be held virtually over three days, focusing on different regions each day (Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, Asia/Pacific) to enable active participation from delegates worldwide and gain an understanding of challenges in different contexts.

The conference will be focused around regionally focused interactive workshops that aim to provide an open forum to discuss innovative solutions that meet local, regional, and global needs. The conference will also include a space where new supply chain innovations can be showcased.

Click here for the conference website and registration

Click here for further details on the Innovation Hub

2021 Conference theme

The conference theme of ‘building efficient supply chain connections’ focuses on identifying locally sustainable and globally enabled supply chain management approaches which are adaptable to complex and challenging environments. The conference will provide an open forum to discuss innovative solutions that meet local, regional, and global needs.

2021 Conference topics

1. Sustainable, local, procurement

Focusing on barriers to selling into the public health and aid sectors, working to strengthen policy around local manufacturing, quality assurance challenges, environmental issues and support to local suppliers

2. Health supply chain capacity strengthening

Highlighting how the current public health and aid systems can better support health service logistics and workforce capacity development in conflict zones, fragile states and developing economies, with a focus on critical delivery mechanisms such as mass vaccination

3. Last-Mile Transport

Showcasing the latest product innovations in transport technology but also ways to address the challenges in accessing remote communities due to poor infrastructure, outdated transport policies and a lack of resources.

2021 Innovation Hub

The conference will provide a pace to showcase piloted and/or proven local supply chain innovations that support sustainable and affordable aid effectiveness. This year the aim is to focus on innovative new ways of working or solutions/products that represent a step change in aid delivery.

We are now seeking applications to showcase your innovation at the conference.


Send an email to innovations@humanitarianlogistics.org with the following details about your innovation

- Lead and partner organisations involved in the innovation
- Summary of the innovation (max 90 words)
- Location(s) where the innovation has been piloted/tested/implemented
- Details of any NGO or Public Sector body who have partnered with or used the innovation in the past 2 years

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel A global call for such innovations to the HLA and its associated networks which includes over 20,000 global and local private, public and NGO aid sector actors. The selection criteria will focus on solutions that involve local community/NGO and/or public sector that are tackling real world local problems, are sustainable and make a real difference in local lives.

Selected innovations will be given a breakout room at the HHL Conference, with a listing on the conference page and communications and with time made in the conference schedule (min 2 hours) for conference participants to visit the innovation rooms

HLA will subsequently showcase the selected innovations in post conference communications