IAPHL hosts monthly facilitated discussions about health supply chain logistics on its listserv. Below are summaries of the discussions, with excerpted comments from IAPHL members.

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Drones in public health supply chains

November-December 2016: Renne Van de Weerdt, Senior Technical Advisor for Reproductive Health Commodities at UNFPA, Jennie Greaney, Technical Specialist in the Commodity Security Branch at UNFPA and Charles Otine, Innovation Specialist at UNFPA moderated a discussion on the use of drones, or the preferred term, unstaffed aerial vehicles (UAV), as a... Read more

Technical areas: policy, technology, transport

Using M&E to drive supply chain improvement

October-November 2016: A collection of global experts led the discussion on how to use data from monitoring and evaluation to guide supply chain strategies, policies, decisions and technical assistance. The following three topics were moderated by different groups of experts: 1. People and process solutions for improved data-driven decision making.... Read more

Technical areas: M&E

Reviewing the logistical response from Ebola

August 2016: IAPHL colleagues discussed the Ebola outbreak and how it affected their supply chains. Specifically, how was the Ebola outbreak different from other supply chain challenges such as HIV and AIDS? For chronic and comparatively unchanging diseases, logisticians can plan and develop a static supply chain, but acute outbreaks... Read more

Technical areas: emergency response

Spotlight on People

In May and June 2016, IAPHL held a discussion called “Shining the Spotlight on People.”  Summary of Week 1 discussion The question for the first week was: What is really going on with human resources in my supply chain? Is it really just a lack of capacity? Or is it... Read more

Technical areas: human resources

Maintaining Lab Equipment

In November 2014, IAPHL members discussed the logistics of maintaining laboratory equipment. This discussion served as a follow up to the earlier discussion on the maintenance of supply chain assets led by Clinton de Souza. In this discussion members looked specifically at the special needs and challenges of maintaining lab equipment to minimize... Read more

Technical areas: laboratory, policy

Improving Immunization Supply Chains

October 2014, Throughout the month of October, the IAPHL community engaged in a moderated discussion entitled “Improving Immunization Supply Chains.” The moderator was Daniel Thornton, director of strategic initiatives at GAVI. He discussed the new global immunization supply chain strategy that GAVI has developed in conjunction with WHO, UNICEF, and the... Read more

Technical areas: immunization

Health Care Waste Management

On September 2014, IAPHL members discussed best practices for the management of hazardous waste. This conversation was facilitated by Scott Ackerson of SCMS, Kasra Mofarah of Pharmacie et aide Humanitaire, Victoria Masembe of The AIDS Support Technical Assistance Resources, and Nancy Muller of PATH.  The discussion consisted of three parts,... Read more

Technical areas: waste minimization

Maintaining Our Supply Chain Assets

On August 2014, IAPHL members engaged in a lively discussion titled “Maintaining Our Supply Chain Assets.” Members shared experiences and best practices about maintaining a range of supply chain related equipment, including IT equipment, vehicles, basic doors and locks. The discussion was moderated by Clinton de Souza of SCMS, who... Read more

Technical areas: equipment