A smart investment: Mobile technology to conduct the first assessment of the national HIV/AIDS supply chain in Nigeria

Download this publicationNigeria’s HIV/AIDS program experienced rapid scale up between 2005 and 2009. The scale up has made necessary an efficient supply chain system. The FMOH conducted the first national survey to establish base-line data to monitor and evaluate the progress and performance of the supply chain in coming years and to identify problem areas for immediate intervention. Due to limited infrastructure and skilled staff, national surveys of this kind are typically challenged by inefficient data management and quality assurance systems.

Methods: With support from the JSI-managed Supply Chain Management System (SCMS), the HIV/AIDS Division of the FMOH conducted an assessment of the HIV/AIDS supply chain using the Logistics Indicator Assessment Tool deployed on mobile phones. Forms were created on the Episurveyor portal to collect data on indicators such as; percentage of facilities regularly submitting LMIS reports; percentage of sites by managed products; percentage of facilities experience a stock-out of products on the day of visit; percentage of facilities maintaining acceptable storage conditions. The assessment tools incorporated fea-tures such as required questions and skip logic that reduced user error and improved data quality. Sixteen teams of two data collectors each were deployed for three weeks to collect data at 235 sites. As data was collected, teams uploaded it to the Episurveyor server via the internet.

View poster for Results and Conclusions. JSI/SCMS, 2012

Poster presented at the 2012 International AIDS Conference by Kolawole Falayajo.

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