In many low and middle income countries, supply chain management is still a nascent field and the majority of Ministries of Health do not yet have the expertise to assess whether their supply chains are strategically designed to achieve national health goals. In addition, there is a limited pool of skilled, quality regional consultants to draw from that can utilize the growing volume of nationally available supply chain performance data to support public health supply chain improvement, and implement proven management practices to support effective execution of revised strategies or approaches. inSupply is leveraging its body of top notch, existing regional supply chain experts to create a pool of regional consultants who can respond to the changing environment and provide high level expertise in a cost-effective way. In addition, inSupply supports the professionalization of supply chain cadres within Ministries of Health through support to the International Association of Public Health Logisticians (IAPHL) to ensure longer-term capacity.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 3,500 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.