World Malaria Day 2016 reminds us that robust financial investment, political will, and innovation are essential to ensure continued success in ending malaria for good. Prevention and treatment are equally important in the fight against malaria, and both depend on accurate and timely diagnosis. Nowhere is the need greater than in Nigeria, which has the highest mortality and morbidity due to malaria infections in the world. Malaria accounts for about 30% of all under-5 pediatric deaths each year and is the single biggest driver of demand for health services, accounting for 60% of all outpatient visits annually.
JSI’s Chris Wright looks ahead to the scenarios that will require new approaches to health supply chains in low and middle income countries.
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 the realm of supply chain, data visibility through technology is a game changer, helping to eliminate the stock-outs and expiries that are still endemic at service delivery points. However, Chris Wright reminds us, technology is useless without people who are skilled at interpreting and applying the data technology yields.
Ideally, vaccines should be stored by themselves in a dedicated refrigeration unit at health facilities to ensure quality maintenance and aid inventory tracking. However, with limited available resources, facility managers often store other life-saving, temperature-sensitive commodities in vaccine refrigerators. JSI’s Chris Wright illustrates this dilemma and calls for a vaccine storage policy that will allow program and facility managers to report more inclusive and realistic stock and storage data.
With support from the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, Tanzania has improved efficiency and reduced costs associated with its health supply chain by introducing a logistics management unit and electronic logistics information management system (eLMIS).
A new study in The Lancet shows promising gains in disability-adjusted life years and healthy life expectancy worldwide. JSI’s Chris Wright anticipates how these changes will impact global public health supply chains.
Vaccine supply chains require dedicated data management and reporting systems. In Tanzania, JSI is supporting the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in the development and implementation of an electronic vaccine information system that is integrated with the overarching electronic logistics management information system (eLMIS) while addressing the unique needs of vaccine supply chain management.
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).