Health Supply Chain Management

“No product, no program.” That is JSI’s logistics motto and it has become a well known shorthand for the critical importance of the supply chain in public health. JSI logistics staff coined this phrase over a decade ago to illustrate that health programs can succeed only if supply chains deliver a continuous supply of health products to people.

With over 30 years of experience, JSI is the world leader in health supply chain management. 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 procurement to the last mile. We collaborate with country governments, donor agencies, NGOs, and private foundations to forecast 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.

We adapt commercial sector tools and approaches to strengthen public health supply chains. JSI’s Framework for Integrated Supply Chain Management in Public Health, describes how the concept of integration can transform public health supply chains as it has the commercial sector. JSI’s “Getting Products to People” series of infographics and materials describes and shows this approach to smart integration and effective ways of improving product availability.

JSI is a founder and supporter of the International Association of Public Health Logisticians. Launched in 2007, IAPHL has grown into an international group with over 3,500 members in 155 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.

Procurement

JSI’s growing procurement expertise is evident in the millions of dollars of public health commodities purchased annually. JSI works with funders who focus on the most critical public health issues faced by developing countries across the globe. Our 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.

Supply chain strengthening

Once high quality health products are procured and delivered, JSI supports Ministries of Health, private sector companies, and other partners to strengthen 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 supply chain strengthening efforts vary 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 supply chains (including logistics management information systems and mhealth solutions), development of national and sub-national supply chain strategies, capacity building in forecasting, warehouse management, and other supply chain activities.

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 see highlights below and, 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: Video: Saving the lives of children under five through supply chain innovations

Video: Saving the lives of children under five through supply chain innovations

Watch a video to find out how the Supply Chain for Community Case Management (SC4CCM) is improving the supply chain of essential medicines and vaccines for children under five at the community level.

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 identifed, demonstrated, and institutionalized 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: Iramba health supply chain goes from failing to model system in Tanzania

Iramba health supply chain goes from failing to model system in Tanzania

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

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 over 20 countries, leading to lowered costs and better availability in some of the hardest to reach areas of the world.

FEATURE
View details: Delivery Team Topping Up: Bringing about reliable distribution of health supplies in difficult  environments: Zimbabwe

Delivery Team Topping Up: Bringing about reliable distribution of health supplies in difficult environments: Zimbabwe

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

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: Needed supplies positively impacting the Nepal population

Needed supplies positively impacting the Nepal 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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