UNFPA Reproductive Health Supply Chain Assessments Project

Dates: 2016-2017

Geographic Scope: Worldwide

Countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone

Client(s): UNFPA

Services: Technical Assistance, Capacity Development

Technical Expertise: Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Health Supply Chain Management, Health Systems Strengthening

UNFPA plays an essential leadership role in contraceptive security. Working at the global and country levels, UNFPA supports the delivery of contraceptives and lifesaving maternal health supplies to ensure availability and choice of quality FP/RH commodities available when and wherever they are needed.

But these goals are hindered by suboptimal supply chains. Good supply chain management and last mile availability of products is predicated upon systems that enable data visibility, effective product flows, and trained, motivated actors all along the supply chain, from procurement to the service delivery point. Currently the supply chains for family planning and reproductive (FP/RH) in many countries are experiencing bottlenecks in all three areas.

UNFPA is currently partnering with JSI to undertake a rapid analysis of common supply chain to understand what the most critical needs are and how UNFPA can help ensure continuous product availability and choice for health (FP/RH) clients at the last mile. This analysis is still in progress but key findings and preliminary recommendations are highlighted here.

This work was supported by the UNFPA.