Standardized Procedures Strengthen Community-Level Supply Chain Performance in Rwanda
In 2010, the Supply Chains for Community Case Management (SC4CCM) project partnered with the Rwanda Ministry of Health (MOH) Community Health Desk to conduct a baseline assessment and to develop effective approaches to address the identified gaps in the resupply process for the over 30,000 CHWs who manage lifesaving medicines and other health products in the country. Issues identified include low product availability, no standard procedures for resupplying CHWs, and supply chain transportation challenges.
The Brief highlights innovative solutions the project tested to address supply chain problems at the community level in six districts, improvements in supply chain performance at the community level, and recommendations for scale-up.
SC4CCM is a learning project that identifies proven, simple, affordable solution to address the unique supply chain challenges of community health workers (CHWs). Working with government community case management (CCM) initiatives in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Rwanda, over 12-24 months SC4CCM tested supply chain interventions to improve access to medicines so CHWs can treat common childhood illnesses like pneumonia, malaria, diarrhea, and malnutrition. SC4CCM is now working with Ministries of Health (MOH) and partners to scale up and institutionalize proven interventions. This information can be useful for project managers and in-country stakeholders looking to implement other projects to improve supply chain practices in rural communities. JSI/SC4CCM, 2013.
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