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.
Immunization supply chains managers should be thinking about how to use new technology and innovative ideas to deliver more product, faster, and at a lower cost. We aren’t looking for Amazon Prime and delivery in an hour (although that would be nice). What is needed, though, is a reliable and efficient supply chain system that guarantees that all children can be immunized.
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).
Staff from the USAID DELIVER project write about how they’re teaching logistics skills to Ghana’s nurses and pharmacists on the front lines of the supply chain.