In the world today, more people live in urban than in rural communities, more people are overweight than are underweight, and more people die from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) than from infections.
Procuring and efficiently delivering preventative medicine for neglected tropical diseases (NTD) to thousands of geographically dispersed communities is a challenging undertaking, at best. It takes teamwork and open communication among the many players involved in the country’s drug supply chain team. – See more. However in some countries, since the regional drug storage facilities … Continue reading “Building capacity: On-the-job training improves storage of NTD medicines in Sierra Leone”
For their recent universal coverage campaign, Nigeria procured and distributed 46.9 million bed nets; stretched end-to-end, they would encircle the earth 3.9 times.
Public health specialists in developing nations are urgently seeking innovative ways to stretch resources to provide more results. Performance-based financing (PBF) has gained prominence as a possible solution because of its emphasis on paying for results rather than inputs. The basis of PBF is that cash or non-monetary benefits are offered in return for measurable actions or the achievement of a defined target.
Over the past three years, the United States government has made an unprecedented investment in supply chain management and logistics to improve access to family planning across Pakistan. The result has been a huge improvement in the lives of Pakistani women and children of Pakistan.
To improve women’s health, supply chains for essential health products must be able to deliver medicines and supplies reliably to women when and where they need them. Ensuring maternal health product availability requires well-functioning health supply chains and health staff who are trained to correctly forecast requirements, procure products on time, manage inventory, … Continue reading “Improving women’s health by ensuring maternal health product availability”
Imagine you are a mother living in a remote village and have to walk for hours carrying your sick baby or toddler every time your child needed care. Would you go at the slightest sign of a cold or fever, or would you wait and hope for the best? Would you recognize the point … Continue reading “Getting meds to sick kids at the end of the supply chain”
On Monday, October 29th, I had the privilege of presenting at the APHA conference on a panel entitled, “Contraception: Global Issues.”
In recent years, the world of immunization has been dominated by a focus on life-saving vaccines and the prevention of individual diseases. The global community has launched what is being called the “Decade of Vaccines.” Not a week goes by without a major medical journal publishing articles with exciting news on the development, efficacy, value, supply, and financing of new vaccines.
Access to family planning empowers couples, like Birtukan and her husband, to plan and maintain healthier families. After the challenge of breastfeeding her first child and carrying her second at the same time, Birtukan turned to family planning methods to choose the right time to bring a third child into her life.