Health Supply Chain Management


Only when the supply chain delivers a reliable and continuous supply of affordable, high-quality medicines, contraceptives and other essential commodities can health and family planning programs succeed. With over 30 years of experience, JSI is the world leader in health supply chain management and continues to find innovative ways to improve supply chain performance. JSI’s unique approach to supply chain management includes an end-to-end view of the supply chain that generates improved access to health commodities, improved accountability for commodity investments, and enhanced coordination and collaboration among stakeholders along the supply chain.

JSI’s supply chain work spans the breadth of the supply chain from procurement to the last mile. We collaborate with country governments, donor agencies, NGOs, and private foundations to quantify commodity needs, procure quality-assured health supplies, provide seamless transport and distribution solutions, leverage third-party logistics providers, design and optimize supply chain management systems, build capacity to manage those systems, improve data visibility, and leverage state of the art IT solutions.

JSI is a proud founder and ongoing supporter of the International Association of Public Health Logisticians. Launched in 2007, IAPHL has grown into an international group with over 2,300 members in more than 110 countries. Its mission is to support the professionalization of supply chain managers and others working in the field of public health logistics and commodity security, with particular focus on developing countries.

JSI’s logistics motto, “No Product, No Program” has become well known shorthand for the critical importance of the supply chain in public health.

Procurement
JSI’s growing procurement expertise is evident in the millions of dollars of public health commodities purchased annually. Working with funders who focus on the most critical public health issues faced by developing countries across the globe, JSI’s procurement runs the full range of health supplies—from pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to laboratory supplies and specialized technical equipment. Sourcing globally, we partner with manufacturers, providing market visibility while negotiating favorable pricing and delivery dates. Supporting our procurement efforts are years of full supply chain experience through to the last mile, including quantification, demand planning, freight forwarding and delivery.

In-country supply chain strengthening
Once high quality health products are procured and delivered, JSI supports Ministries of Health to strengthen the in-country supply chains that deliver them to clients when and where they are needed. We take a holistic approach to supply chain system strengthening that seeks to bolster and connect the efforts of supply chain actors working on various activities at different levels of the system. Our approach draws from best practices from the commercial sector to solve challenges in the public health supply chain sector. While in-country supply chain strengthening efforts varies from country-to-country, specific activities include: comprehensive assessments using a variety of analytical tools (including costing, segmentation analysis, network optimization), participatory design and implementation of in-country supply chains (including logistics management information systems), development of national and sub-national supply chain strategies, capacity building in quantification and other supply chain activities, and warehouse management.

Commodity security
JSI launched the concept of commodity security in 1999 as a framework to improve understanding of the multisectoral approaches required to make essential health products reliably available to the people who need them. Strong supply chains, alone, cannot ensure availability of, and access to, health commodities - committed national leadership, adequate financing, appropriate policies and regulations, productive coordination among partners, and strong service delivery are all important elements. Commodity security began with a focus on contraceptives, but has been applied to other product categories, including products for HIV & AIDS, malaria, and TB.

To learn about ongoing supply chain work, read staff posts on JSI's blog, The Pump.

Highlights

PROJECT
View details: USAID | DELIVER PROJECT: Technical Assistance for Supply Chain Strengthening & Commodity Security in Public Health

USAID | DELIVER PROJECT: Technical Assistance for Supply Chain Strengthening & Commodity Security in Public Health

Health systems function smoothly when they are supported by effective supply chains. JSI's USAID | DELIVER PROJECT designs, develops, strengthens, and operates reliable and sustainable public health supply chains in developing countries.

FEATURE
View details: Iramba health supply chain goes from failing to model system

Iramba health supply chain goes from failing to model system

After implementing the ILSGateway system to monitor inventory, a faltering health system sees tremendous improvement. <br>

PROJECT
View details: Improving Supply Chains for Community Case Management of Pneumonia and Other Common Diseases of Childhood  (SC4CCM)

Improving Supply Chains for Community Case Management of Pneumonia and Other Common Diseases of Childhood (SC4CCM)

JSI is identifying, demonstrating, and institutionalizing supply chain management practices that improve availability and use of essential medicines for treating children in community-based programs, to reduce mortality among children under 5 years old.

FEATURE
View details: Delivery Team Topping Up: Bringing about reliable distribution in difficult  environments

Delivery Team Topping Up: Bringing about reliable distribution in difficult environments

The USAID DELIVER PROJECT employs commercial delivery methods to provide a steady, accurate supply of health commodities to hard-to-access regions in Zimbabwe.

PROJECT
View details: Supply Chain Management System (SCMS)

Supply Chain Management System (SCMS)

JSI and its partners strengthen global procurement and distribution systems for essential HIV&AIDS medicines and supplies in 20 countries, leading to lowered costs and better availability in some of the hardest to reach areas of the world.

FEATURE
View details: Innovative mobile phone use improves access to drugs and medical supplies in Africa

Innovative mobile phone use improves access to drugs and medical supplies in Africa

The USAID | DELIVER PROJECT uses mobile phone technology to strengthen the supply chain of health commodities in Tanazania, Ghana, Liberia, and Zambia.

FEATURE
View details: Where products impact population

Where products impact population

A health post in remote Khokana, Nepal, boasts a reliable supply of contraceptives and other reproductive health commodities thanks to the intervention of the USAID DELIVER PROJECT.

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