When we first started this work (in Ethiopia) about seven years ago, when customers came to a warehouse in search of their medicines, the pharmacist had to run down to the warehouse to check if they had an item (it took too long to find the stock card). Now they can access the data the same way as my Walgreens pharmacist can. And they can look to see if the stock is available at any of the other warehouses (even if the nearest location might be a day away).
JSI’s Paul Dowling, Rachel Kearl, Al Shiferaw of the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT describe the three pillar’s of JSI’s work in Ethiopia to improve data visibility to strengthen the country’s health supply chain.
In Ethiopia, JSI and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported the government to develop and introduce a digital vaccine management platform that offers supply chain managers real-time data and customizable dashboards. JSI’s Paul Dowling and Ali Shiferaw explain the rationale and design of the new system.