RHInterchange, Improved RH Supplies Management for Greater Contraceptive Security: Creation of a Community of Practice

Dates: 2006-2010

Geographic Scope: Worldwide

Client(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Service: Health Information Technology

Technical Expertise: Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Health Information Technology

Website: http://rhi.rhsupplies.org

The RHInterchange (RHI) is a project of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHCS) comprised of multilateral and bilateral donors and foundations, as well as representatives from civil society, developing countries, and NGOs. The goal of this effort is to create a community for reproductive health supplies management that is standards- and evidence-based and that makes use of best practices in reproductive health commodity security, especially related to the collection, dissemination, and use of information for supply chain management. The RHI is a web-based tool that currently collects order and shipment information from the central procurement departments of UNFPA, USAID, and IPPF, providing details of each order for each country and program. Following further funding by the Gates Foundation, RHI is now focused on engaging country-based managers to see how this tool might better help in-country supply management. Encouragement of dialogue between and among concerned managers and donors, based upon actual and accurate data, is expected to improve commodity security and better donor harmonization with government-led priorities. The expansion of information to include procurements conducted in-country, as well as program-level forecasts, is the ultimate goal.