Through this project, JSI strengthened the reproductive health supply chain in Myanmar to improve the availability of essential reproductive health (RH) commodities at service delivery points. Initial technical assistance activities in pursuit of this goal focused on assessing the current supply chain system for delivering RH commodities, and facilitating a participatory process to design and revise the existing supply chain system. JSI supported UNFPA and the MOHS to roll out the system, which included developing training materials (i.e., SOPs, curricula), training master trainers on the use of the system, providing coordination support to roll out the system in 12 pilot townships in four states/regions of UNFPA program areas, and supporting monitoring and evaluation of the pilot.
In 2017, the project scaled the system to 43 new townships in Kayah, Northern Shan, and Kachin States, expanding implementation to 115 townships. Under this project, JSI provided technical support, monitoring, and evaluating the townships already in the system, while scaling up to new townships. As of the end of 2019, MOHS is implementing RHC LS in 178 townships in 12 states/regions in Myanmar with the support of JSI.
Due to UNFPA funding limitations, JSI transitioned support for RHC LS to MOHS and UNFPA on March 31, 2020. By the end of the project, JSI had prepared ten additional townships in Tanintharyi Region to implement RHC LS, making a total of 13 states/regions using the supply chain system, and 11 states and regions using the automated LMIS, mSupply, to monitor supply chain performance and take action to ensure product availability. In addition, with access to consumption and stock on hand data, central MOHS can now use that data to better quantify the contraceptive needs of the program.