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Lessons Learned: Adapting Ethiopia’s health supply chain to COVID-19


During the COVID-19 pandemic, our Digital Health Activity (DHA) team in Ethiopia supported the national pandemic response by ensuring the availability of critical COVID-19 supplies to protect frontline workers and citizens.

To ensure availability of COVID-19 essential commodities, DHA quickly leveraged human resources and infrastructure to enhance existing health information systems. These adaptations involved rapidly customizing and deploying existing tools, leveraging existing teams of well-trained personnel, and evolving an infrastructure suitable for routine and COVID-19-specific digital health systems.

DHA learned several key lessons from implementing and managing the COVID-19 surveillance and tracking system, especially with regard to the role of the national health supply chain. These recommendations were compiled by JSI in 2021.

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