Healthcare managers at different levels of the supply chain in Tanzania and Zambia do not have access to real-time logistics data from the health facilities. As a result, key upstream supply chain activities, such as the quantification activities that estimate health supply needs, are often inaccurate. This lack of data makes it difficult to manage the national health commodity pipelines, and patients are left without the medications they need. Therefore, public health goals hinge on the use of quality, timely logistics data—a cornerstone for effective supply chain management and efficient procurement of needed supplies.
By Supply Chain Management Newsletter, Quarter 2, 2013