- All > Medicine Information and Evidence for Policy > Monitoring and Evaluation
- All > Medicine Access and Rational Use > Supply Management
- Keywords > contraceptive supplies
- Keywords > contraceptives
- Keywords > cost-effectiveness
- Keywords > indicators - procurement and supply management systems
- Keywords > pharmaceutical supply systems - assessment
- Keywords > procurement - performance indicators
- Keywords > procurement - procedures & processes
- Keywords > procurement bottlenecks - public sector
- Keywords > supply chain
(2013; 7 pages)
Effective procurement is a critical component of a strong supply chain. Policies and procedures can be put in place to increase the effectiveness of the procurement process. When designing and implementing these improvements, key indicators are critical to evaluating success and progress toward meeting procurement and supply chain goals. This brief describes the evolution of contraceptive procurement in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region; it highlights how LAC countries monitored and evaluated key data when making performance improvements, over time.
During the last decade, as USAID gradually phased out contraceptive donations, they provided technical assistance to help several LAC countries increase their financing for contraceptives. While there were challenges along the way; today, multiple countries are procuring contraceptives, through the public sector, almost entirely with government funds. Countries learned several key lessons when working toward more sustainable and effective procurement. One important lesson was that when they introduced and monitored key indicators, they could smooth the procurement process and improve procurement performance (USAID | DELIVER PROJECT 2011).
Ultimately, these procurement improvements have helped ensure a more continuous supply of contraceptives for the men and women that need them; they have also saved government resources, which could then be invested in other parts of the supply chain or in health programs.