inSupply is a learning project aimed at improving the performance and efficiency of contraceptive, vaccine, and essential medicine supply chains by increasing the effective use of data and introducing management best practices to strengthen system outcomes. The project consists of six components linked by specific cross-cutting themes, namely increasing data visibility and the use of data to drive strategic and operational supply chain decision making, demonstrating the feasibility of innovative solutions for the last mile, and strengthening local and regional supply chain capacity. inSupply is a two-year grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that has a regional focus in East Africa, primarily in Tanzania and Kenya, but with the goal of replicability across the region and globally.
- Strengthen human resource capacities in the region, to professionalize health supply chain management, and to create a hub from which innovation in health supply chain management can be disseminated in the region.
- Explore the potential of IAPHL to become a sustainable professional association for health supply chain cadres active in the development sector.
- Access in-country sources of data to create analytical frameworks and models that can be used by managers for more informed decision making and to improve the efficiency and performance of supply chains.
- Establish a cost-effective methodology for evaluating the effectiveness of in-country supply chains at delivering contraceptives to clients at the last mile of the supply chain, and use the data to improve supply chain performance and availability.
East African Regional Center of Excellence
In partnership with the East African Community Regional Center of Excellence for Health Supply Chain Management (RCE-HSCM), housed at the University of Rwanda’s School of Public Health, inSupply is educating the next generation of public health logisticians. Short courses in supply chain management are combined with a mentorship and coaching program to help students build their supply chain consulting skills.
International Association of Public Health Logisticians (IAPHL)
Established in 2007, the IAPHL is a virtual community of practice with over 3,000 members in 117 countries. inSupply is supporting a new Executive Director of IAPHL to work in collaboration with new and existing partners to establish IAPHL as the leading professional association for public health supply chain experts.
inSupply Consulting Services
inSupply is expanding the long-term availability of quality supply chain consultants in the region, while demonstrating through the rapid application of a series of data-driven tools and management practices, that local decision-makers can prioritize and implement improvements that will have an impact on product availability.
DATA FOR STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL SUPPLY CHAIN DECISION MAKING
Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS)
inSupply continues the work initiated under the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT to develop and roll out a VIMS module in Tanzania. Vaccine Information Management System: VIMS supports Tanzania’s eHealth Strategy to track vaccine and immunization commodities, cold chain assets, and routine immunization data from the facility level through the districts, zonal, and national levels.
Implant Access Program (IAP)
IAP began in January 2013, as an initiative to improve upstream data visibility for contraceptive implant supply chains. inSupply is tapping into the expertise of regional con¬sultants and accessing in-country sources of data to create analytical frameworks and models to advocate more effectively for technical assistance in quantification, to better understand the effectiveness of in-country supply chains at delivering contraceptives to clients at the last mile, and to support managers in using this data to improve supply chain performance and availability. Download the IAP Overview PDF
INNOVATIVE SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS
Last Mile Distribution of Health Commodities with Zipline
Mobile technology can play a game-changing role in addressing poor telecommunications infrastructure to significantly improve data visibility for health supply chains. In the same vein of exploring the transformative effect of technology on health supply chains, inSupply is partnering with Zipline to test the feasibility of aerial delivery system technology in improving the cost-effectiveness and availability of products by mitigating the difficulties caused by poor transportation and road infrastructure.
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