IAPHL Panel Discussion: Artificial Intelligence and Health Supply Chains in Tanzania

Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions are becoming increasingly popular globally as their positive impact on a wide range of domains continues to expand. Tanzania has spent the last decade investing in strengthening health data collection systems and communications technology, priming the country to begin deploying AI solutions in health supply chains. To address this increasingly important topic, inSupply Health and Macro-Eyes developed an Artificial Intelligence Playbook titled “Implementing AI in Tanzania Health Supply Chains.” This report aims to be the central guide used by Tanzania and other middle and low-income countries in assessing the potential benefits of AI-based technologies.

The International Association of Public Health Logisticians (IAPHL) brought together a group of experts from these organizations to discuss the role of AI in public health supply chains and how this new tool can help build scalable, machine learning solutions.

September 15, 2021


IAPHL Tanzania Chapter Webinar

Overview of Tanzania Immunization Supply Chain

July 16, 2021

IAPHL Webinar Series: IMPACT Teams

Learning Packages

Two panelists from inSupply Health share their experiences with IMPACT Team learning packages in their respective countries: Kenya and Tanzania. They discuss the basics of learning packages, accessing these packages, and the benefits of this method.

June 29, 2021

Design and Implementation of IMPACT Teams

Building “IMPACT” teams, or data review teams, is a people-centric and data-driven approach to improving supply chain performance. Coming from “Information Mobilized for Performance Analysis and Continuous Transformation,” IMPACT teams are formed to promote a culture of data use and continuous improvement throughout the supply chain and with a focus on quality, efficiency, and customer service.

IAPHL conducted two webinars, one in French and one in English, on the design and implementation of IMPACT teams drawing from country experiences. Panelists discuss the design, organization, and functioning of these teams and provide recommendations for other countries or programs that are interested in developing these teams.

French Session: March 8, 2021                                                                                                                                  English Session: March 11, 2021


IAPHL South Africa Chapter Webinar

February 23, 2021

The IAPHL South Africa Chapter, in coordination with SAPICS, hosted their first event in 2021 on Automating Replenishment Planning of Medicine in the South African Public Health Supply Chain. IAPHL Executive Director, Walter Proper, makes a guest appearance.

IAPHL Webinar and Moderated Discussion: Supply Chains for Noncommunicable Diseases

February 10, 2021

IAPHL and the PATH noncommunicable diseases team discuss the critical importance of strengthening NCD supply chains during this 30-minute webinar. Walter Proper, IAPHL Executive Director, moderates the discussion with panelists Marilyn Noguera, Dr. Josphat Samoei, and Williams Kwarah from PATH. They provide insights from two studies conducted in Ghana and Kenya that focus on improving access to medicines and products for hypertension and diabetes.

The full studies for Kenya and Ghana are also available.

Viewers are encouraged to continue the discussion and ask questions on the IAPHL listserv. Not a member? Join for free here.


IAPHL Webinar Series: JSI and IAPHL’s COVID-19 ESFT Excel Supply Planning Tool

September 25, 2020

IAPHL Webinar Series: WHO’s COVID-19 Essential Supplies Forecasting Tool (EFST)

June 9, 2020

Webinar on Lessons Learned from Cameroon, Kenya and Liberia in Emergency Supply Chain Preparedness

April 11, 2019 9a.m. EST

Public Health experts predict that the containment of pandemic and epidemic outbreaks is likely to become more complex and challenging, posing major obstacles to improving global health. The launch of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in 2014, a partnership of nearly 50 nations, international organizations, and non-governmental stakeholders, comes as a response to this need and to contribute to the mitigation of the effects of pathogenic infectious diseases and other biological threats.

In this webinar, the Chemonics Supply Chain Solutions Practice will present the Emergency Supply Chain (ESC) Framework and its Playbook, which was developed by the USAID Global Health Supply Chain (GHSC) – Technical Assistance (TA) Francophone Task Order (TO). The framework serves as a practical guide for emergency supply chain specialists of partner GHSA nations for the adoption and integration of national emergency preparedness and response strategies. The set of tools, guides, standard operating procedures, and protocols help countries prepare and respond to epidemic and pandemic health emergencies. Chemonics representatives from the GHSC–TA Task Order, the Liberia Last Mile Project and the USAID Global Health Supply Chain-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Kenya will share their lessons learned from the customization and implementation of the Playbook in Cameroon, Kenya and Liberia.

Webinar on Vietnam’s Outsourcing Model for Cold Chain Equipment Maintenance

Vietnam’s National Expanded Programme on Immunisation (NEPI) has, since 2010, worked with the Luxembourg Agency for Development Cooperation to strengthen the nation-wide cold chain equipment maintenance system, using an outsourced services model. Simultaneously, a nationwide internal cold chain equipment management program was established and continues to be strengthened.

On January 8th 2015, Gavi and iaphl_webinarIAPHL hosted a webinar at which the Vietnam team shared its experience with this method of equipment maintenance management. We invite you to join the conversation and ask questions on Vietnam’s outsourcing model as well as share your own experiences related to cold chain maintenance strengthening on the IAPHL listserv.

Download the presentations:

“Viet Nam National EPI (NEPI) Cold Chain Equipment (CCE) Maintenance Outsourcing Contract 2010 – 2012” by Dr. Van Cuong

“Development of a Sustainable Maintenance System for EPI – Equipment in Vietnam” by Reinhold Werlein 

The Demand-Driven Logistics Provider: Resolve reveals lessons learned and best practices

resolveThe Republic of Rwanda’s Ministry of Health (MOH) was searching for a way to better manage the end-to-end fulfillment and delivery of medical supplies throughout the country. They chose One Network and South African-based partner Resolve to deliver a solution that is the first of its kind: a nationwide chain-of-custody pharmaceutical supply service for HIV and AIDS medications and other health care products for a country-wide network. This webinar introduces Resolve and One Network and outlines their journey, lessons, and best practices.

Building Capacity within the Public Health Supply Chain Workforce

On Monday, March 24, 2014, Andrew Brown, the Executive Manager of the People that Deliver (PtD) hosted an update on PtD activities and discussed some of the collaborative efforts between PtD and Implementing Partners to build capacity within the public health supply chain workforce. People that Deliver is a global partnership whose mission is to build global and national capacity to implement evidence-based approaches to plan, finance, develop, support, and retain the national workforces needed for the effective, efficient, and sustainable management of health supply chains. PtD aims to improve the professionalization of health logistics and supply chain management cadres by mobilizing interest and activity in this area. To learn more, visit http://www.peoplethatdeliver.org/.

mHealth for Logistics: Solving Data Challenges through Mobile Technology

Our webinar “mHealth for Logistics: Solving Data Challenges through Mobile Technology,” is an introduction to the ways in which mobile technology can improve your logistics programs.webinarinvitenoregister_450x328 Achieving visibility into logistics data at lower levels of the health system is always a challenge for logisticians. The purpose of this webinar is to give an overview of some of the mobile solutions available to program implementers. The audience had the opportunity to ask questions of these people who have first-hand experience implementing mobile technology in public health projects. Discussion topics include practical aspects of implementing mobile solutions, such as costs and human resources required, to help participants gauge which options can best meet their needs. Categories of tools covered include:

  • mobile forms for data collection
  • basic SMS databases for routine reporting
  • paying for a customizable generic platform
  • working with a developer to build a new system to your specifications from scratch.

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Additional resources:

General: mHealth Alliance | mhealth Working Group | Join the mHealth Working Group Listserv | mHealth Toolkit | Mobile Data Collection FAQs

Megan Noel’s presentation: iFormBuilder DataWinners formhub Open Data KitHow to Use, ODK Collect KoBo Toolbox, magpi: Video Tutorials, available websites – English | Español | Français | Português | Chinese, CommCare: English | Français | Español

Mike Frost’s presentation: SoukTel Frontline SMS Delighta SMS magpi: Video Tutorials, available websites – English | Español | Français | Português | Chinese CommCare: English | Français | Español SMS Sync (Android devices) – Features, Download, Configure DataDyne Support: Magpi and SMS Ushahidi

Leona Rosenblum’s presentation: Mango platform | Logistimo | Comm Track

Marasi Mwencha’s presentation: ILSGateway Infographic: ILSGateway: Opening the Door to Information (PDF, 456 KB) ILSGateway Success Story: The ILS Gateway: mobile phones improve data visibility and lead to better commodity availability in Tanzania