A team from JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) and inSupply Health has been implementing cStock, a methodology to strengthen the supply of medicines for community health volunteers.
To drive continuous improvement in supply chain performance a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on people, technology, and processes is essential. JSI is helping countries establish Information Mobilized for Performance Analysis and Continuous Transformation (IMPACT) Teams – groups of people harmoniously working together – to analyze performance and make systematic efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of the supply chain.
Recent experience in seven countries has taught us how crucial it is to create a data culture for supply chain by focusing on people as well as technology. This new, people-centered approach takes the idea of a commercial sector control tower and applies it to public health.
inSupply convened 30 county-level public health leaders from 10 counties and their national partners in Machakos, Kenya to launch the IMPACT Team Network approach for collaboratively solving supply chain problems through teamwork, data analysis, and continuous improvement.
cStock, a mobile and web-based logistics system designed by SC4CCM, is being used by community health workers in Malawi to track and report inventory of essential medicines and other health commodities for children under five.
In a blog written for the UN Foundation’s Global Accelerator, JSI’s Yasmin Chandani explains how cStock, a simple, mobile- and web- based logistics system is helping community health workers in Malawi stay stocked with life-saving under-five medicines that save and improve the lives of children.