Young Professional Logisticians receive motorcycles and laptops provided by UNICEF to facilitate visits to their assigned districts in support of health product supply chain management. Photo credit: Arafath Imorou

Global Health Supply Chain – Technical Assistance (GHSC-TA)

The Challenge

Supply chain systems to deliver drugs and other health commodities to people in need around the world aren’t always efficient, resilient, or reliable.

Overview and Objectives

URC served as a subcontractor to Chemonics on the GHSC-TA project and was a significant contributor on the Francophone task order and two others related to systems strengthening.

Task Order – Francophone

The GHSC-TA Francophone task order worked to improve the ability of professionals and institutions in select Francophone countries to manage and maintain the integrity of supply chain systems. URC strengthened country management of health commodities, providing the full range of technical assistance needed to ensure the long-term availability of health commodities in public and private services worldwide. This task order served all health elements including HIV, family planning, malaria, maternal and child health, and tuberculosis.

The task order ensured timely access to quality essential health products and services by:

  • Improving policy, governance, strategy and coordination
  • Optimizing forecasting and procurement processes
  • Implementing best practices for distribution, warehousing, and logistics
  • Enhancing data visibility and stock monitoring

Task Order – Global Health Systems Strengthening

Task Order – Strengthening the Health Commodity Supply Chain System

Achievements

Task Order – Francophone

  • Supported the development of a Young Logistician Professionals Program (YLPP) through training and placement of 34 logisticians
  • Supported the improved implementation of the national strategic plan for the health product supply chain and the CAME’s Logistics and Economic Evaluation Report
  • Provisioned technical assistance to health facilities in inventory management, quantification, and supply planning, distribution, monitoring and evaluation, and data visibility
  • Developed standard operating procedures for improved governance at all levels of the supply chain
  • Developed more reliable management information systems and improved utilization of data for decision-making

Duration
2015–2023

Countries
Benin

Regions
Africa

Expertise
HIV/AIDS and Supply Chain

Funders
USAID

Partners
Chemonics