In Sindh Province, as in the rest of Pakistan, logistics data for the immunization supply chain was sporadically collected and seldom used for years. Stockouts of critical vaccines were commonplace, resulting in poor coverage rates and frequent outbreaks of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. In 2013-2014, the federal and provincial governments, supported by JSI, USAID, UNICEF, and WHO, developed and launched a web-based vaccine logistics management information system (vLMIS) to address this problem, and started an ongoing effort to scale up use of the system across the nation.
A recent Lancet editorial invokes the concept of ‘contraceptive security’ to argue the case for strengthened health workforces. However, Chris Wright points out that the editorial neglects to mention the role of strong supply chains in achieving contraceptive security.
The efforts of the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) project have helped to ensure that a hospital pharmacy in Haiti is consistently stocked with life-saving HIV medication.
For World Immunization Week, JSI’s Craig Burgess offers recommendations on how we can work together to create immunization equity for all.
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.
More than 800 political leaders, technical experts and advocates attended the first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa, sponsored by WHO/AFRO and the African Union in Addis Ababa, 24-25 February 2016.
In Myanmar, JSI is helping local and state health workers conduct quality improvement activities to strengthen the supply chain and help ensure the availability of reproductive health supplies at the community level.
In advance of the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Afrcia, JSI President Joel Lamstein weighs in on the importance of vaccine supply chains in improving health equity and outcomes.
JSI’s Chris Wright shares insights from the #TechNetConference and highlights a presentation on the USAID |DELIVER PROJECT’s work in Pakistan developing a vaccine logistics management information system (vLMIS).
Global initiatives, like the Millennium Development Goals or FP2020, require key performance metrics to understand what progress is being made, and where further investments are required. The process of developing and adopting those indicators requires technical expertise, data acumen, and deep consultation with the stakeholders. Safia Ahsan, Technical Adviser for the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, explains how JSI led the development of a harmonized suite of stockout indicators with the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition’s Systems Strengthening Working Group (SSWG).