Description: Welcome to the expanded consultation on technical assistance and health supply chains. UNICEF and global partners have been working on developing an approach that can drive collective alignment towards a country-owned, sustainable model of technical assistance (TA) using a continuous improvement approach. The COVID-19 pandemic has made evident the... Read more
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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Title: Digital Innovations and Public Health Supply Chain Solutions Description: Globalization and technological advancement are redefining every aspect of humanity at a blinding pace. Their combined impact cuts across all industries and areas of practice. Catalyzed by exponential gains in computing power and access over the past several decades, a... Read more
IAPHL’s first moderated discussion for 2019 began on February 4. The topic is on “The Role of Leadership in Advancing Health Supply Chain Accountability in the Public Sector”. The discussion is being moderated by Innocent Ibegbunam, a supply chain expert with the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement... Read more
June-July 2017: With this discussion topic, we wanted to explore options for triangulating data to better inform immunization service delivery planning from a program perspective and how to link it to coverage rates. This discussion sparked a lot of ideas about how to get more accurate target population numbers, data... Read more
Technical areas: n/a
May-June 2017: A collection of experts led the discussion on the quantification of health commodities. The following topics were moderated by different groups of experts: 1. Country Experiences. Moderated by Wambui Waithaka, regional technical advisor with JSI and Gilbert Mateshi, program manager with Clinton Health Access Initiative. 2. Country Processes and Tools. Moderated by Irene Agyemang, team... Read more
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
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
September 2016: Bar codes play a crucial role in the health supply chain, ensuring the right materials and products are available to the end user, while increasing accuracy and reducing processing and data collection time. The following topics were moderated by different groups of experts: Barcoding basics: Understanding what barcoding... Read more
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
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