Supply Chain

Health Supply Chain Case Studies: Initial Results

This report includes the first two of these case studies for Imperial Health Sciences and Central Medical Supplies Public Corporation
(Sudan). PtD intends to continue developing case studies to offer the broader community examples of human capital management that they can adopt to improve supply chain execution. [from introduction]

Family Planning Logistics Toolkit

n family planning programs, logistics refers to the selection, financing, delivery, and distribution of contraceptives and related supplies. Successful logistics management means delivering the right product, in the right quantity, in the right condition, to the right place, at the right time, for the right cost.

Using Performance-Based Financing (PBF) to Motivate Health Commodity Supply Chain Improvement at a Central Medical Store in Mozambique

The predominant model of public health commodity supply chains in developing countries is one dominated by a central medical store (CMS). In this model, the CMS plays the pivotal role of procurement, storage and warehousing of all health commodities before they are distributed to the next level in the supply chain. Challenges with technical and organization capacity at the CMS level has led to longstanding difficulties in creating sustainable performance improvements in several countries.

A Forecasting Guide for New and Underused Methods of Family Planning

This guide provides direction to programs that want to forecast for new and underused methods (NUMs) of family planning. It supports program managers and others involved in forecasting as they plan to (1) introduce a contraceptive technology for the first time in a country, and/or (2) position an underused method for scale up. [from introduction]

Central Malawi District Hospital Surgical Capacity Assessment

Presentation on assessment of surgical need, surgical personnel, infrastructure and supplies in Central Malawi. [adapted from author]

mHealth innovations as health system strengthening tools: 12 common applications and a visual framework

This new framework lays out 12 common mHealth applications used as health systems strengthening innovations across the reproductive health continuum. [from abstract]

Enhancing Medicine Price Transparency through Price Information Mechanisms

This article discusses in what ways medicine price information mechanisms can contribute to increased price transparency and how this may affect access to medicines for developing countries. [from abstract]

Supportive Supervision of Supply Chain Personnel

A nine-minute video that provides practical advice and tips for management-level staff on how to be an effective, supportive supervisor for supply chain activities. [adapted from introduction]

For problems accessing the video, please contact the Global Resource Center: hrhresourcecenter [at]

Improving Health through the Social Quality Approach in 800 Communes in Madagascar

The social quality approach is a community-based approach for encouraging service recipients to get involved in the availability, use, and quality of health services. This report, based on Santenet2 project data, correlation analysis, and qualitative data collection, illustrates the implementation process, successes and essential components to the successful implementation of the social quality approach. [from executive summary]

Applying the HRH Action Framework to Develop Sustainable Excellence in the Health Supply Chain Workforce

The objective of this technical brief is to create a bridge between the supply chain management and human resources for health communities by describing how the HRH Action Framework can be applied to strengthen the health supply chain workforce, drawing on lessons learned and successes from applications in the health sector. [from author]

Human Resource Capacity Development in Public Health Supply Chain Management: Assessment Guide and Tool

The approach presented in this guide is a structured, rating-based methodology designed to provide a rapid, comprehensive assessment of the capacity of the human resource support system for a country’s supply chain. Data are gathered from a document review, focus group discussions, and in-country stakeholder interviews to identify the strengths, areas for improvement, opportunities, and challenges for a wide range of human resource inputs and components.

Mozambique: Strengthening the Community Health Worker Supply Chain Preliminary Report

This report is an interim summary of ongoing supply chain strengthening interventions focused on community health workers in Mozambique. The piloting of these interventions aims to improve the performance of the supply chain that provides these community health workers with antimalarial drugs, rapid diagnostic tests, male condoms, and essential medicines for a variety of treatments. [from summary]

Selecting and Implementing Vendor Managed Inventory Systems for Public Health Supply Chains: A Guide for Public Sector Managers

Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) systems have gained prominence in the private sector as a task shifting approach to strengthening supply chain performance. The authors present a public sector–specific definition of VMI and present a number of models of VMI systems that are applicable to the unique context of the public health sector in developing countries. [from abstract]

In Zimbabwe: Integrating Supply Chain Management into Pre-Service Training of Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians and Nurses

This brief oulines an initiative to implement a pre-service training strategy for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and nurses that is expected to strengthen in-country capacity to manage national supply chains and ensure uninterrupted access to essential health commodities. [adapted from author]

In Zambia: Building Sustainable Capacity through Pre-Service Supply Chain Training

This brief describes an intervention on training pre-service trainers that has helped provide graduating biomedical students with supply chain skills and reduce long-term in-service training costs. [adapted from author]

Learning and Professional Training Opportunities

LAPTOP is an online database of available training opportunities in supply chain management designed to help the supply chain workforce improve their skills, advance their careers and find the right course for their needs. [adapated from publisher]

Key Points from the Human Resource Capacity in Public Health Supply Chain Management Country Assessments

This document summarizes the key finding from an assessment in eight countries to document the state of a country’s human resource capacity in supply chain management and workforce excellence efforts in public health supply chains. [adapted from author]

Highlights from the Global Survey for Public Health Logisticians

As part of the effort to better understand the issues, constraints, and opportunities related to workforce excellence in public health supply chain management, the People that Deliver Initiative conducted an online survey of public health logisticians working in the developing world. The findings from this online global Survey are presented in this highlights document

Healthcare Supply Chains in Developing Countries: Situational Analysis

This paper examines the current situation for healthcare supply chains in low- and/or middle-income countries, how the public and private healthcare supply chains in these countries are organized, and how they perform using some key availability and affordability indicators. [from abstract]

Workforce Excellence in Health Supply Chain Management: Literature Review

The objective of this review is to survey published documentation regarding health workers’ capacity for supply chain management in developing countries to provide insight about information gaps and needs for workforce excellence. [from abstract]

Survey on Human Resource Capacity in Public Health Supply Chain Management in Senegal

This survey of the Senegalese supply chain workforce was conducted using the “Human Resources Capacity for Public Health Supply Chain Management Assessment Guide” and evaluates the supply chain organization and personnel distribution, champion systems, policies and plans, workforce development, workforce efficiency, and professionalization efforts in the public health supply chain. [adapted from author]

Human Resource Capacity for Public Health Supply Chain Management Assessment

This data management tool is intended to help manage and organize an assessment for the human resource capacity for supply chain management for reporting and to enable standaridization for cross-country analysis. [adapted from author]

Achieving Excellence in the Supply Chain Workforce: The People that Deliver Global Partnership

This resource contains recorded presentations from a satellite event at the XIX International AIDS Conference featuring experts in health workforce and supply chain management who discussed strengthening and professionalizing the supply chain workforce.