While we have made progress in improving public health supply chains in lower- and middle-income countries, we are going to have to think and act differently if we are going to meet the challenges of the coming decade and the ambitious sustainable developments goals for 2030.
No matter how complex the computer modeling, no matter how well-automated the processes, no matter how ingenious the machine learning, a computer can’t predict when a medicine’s dispensing protocol changes, or anticipate how quickly or completely new product or regimen uptake will occur. What we have learned over the years, beyond the importance of data visibility and analysis, is that human practice controls medicine dispensing and ultimately demand. Computers can’t, in actuality, do all the work.
JSI’s Walter Proper, Director of the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT Public Task Order, explains why developing a strong, committed supply chain workforce and establishing supply chain leadership roles within a health system is essential to ensuring that health commodities get to the people who need them.
Find out how the USAID | DELIVER Project is helping to ensure that essential health commodities are reliably distributed in Zambia.
Logistics is a topic that often goes unmentioned during high-level discussions on HIV strategy, however implications of all strategies on the supply chain of essential HIV commodities must be carefully considered in order to achieve success.