Promising Practices in Supply Chain Management: Series Overview
(2014; 8 pages)

Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program. 2014. Promising Practices: Quantification: Forecasting and Supply Planning. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health.

Abstract

This brief is part of the Promising Practices in Supply Chain Management series, developed by the Supply and Awareness Technical Reference Team (TRT) of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women’s and Children’s Health (the Commission or UNCoLSC). As part of the Every Woman Every Child movement and efforts to meet the health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and beyond, the Commission is leading activities to reduce barriers that block access to essential health commodities. The Supply and Awareness TRT developed this set of briefs on promising practices in supply chain management to guide countries in identifying and addressing key bottlenecks in the supply and distribution of the Commission’s 13 life-saving commodities across the reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health continuum of care.

This series of briefs has been developed for use by in-country stakeholders. The briefs provide both proven and promising practices that may be used to address specific supply chain barriers faced by each country.

  • Proven practices are defined as interventions with proven outcomes in improving health commodity supply chains in low- and middle-income countries tested using experimental or quasi-experimental evaluation designs. Examples of proven practices are identified by this symbol throughout these briefs.
  • Promising practices are defined as interventions showing progress toward improving health commodity supply chains in low- and middle-income countries.

The order of the briefs is as follows:

  • Promising Practices in Quantification (Forecasting and Supply Planning)
  • Promising Practices in Procurement
  • Promising Practices in Warehousing and Inventory Management
  • Promising Practices in Distribution
  • Promising Practices in Service Delivery and Utilization
  • Promising Practices in Data Management
  • Promising Practices in Human Resources
  • Proven Practices in Health Supply Chains: A Systematic Review

To view all the briefs in the Promising Practices in Supply Chain Management Series, visit http://siapsprogram.org/publication/promising-practices-in-supply-chain-management

The organizations that participated in the development of these briefs are: Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS), VillageReach, John Snow, Inc. (JSI), United Nations Population Fund, US Agency for International Development (USAID), Imperial Health Sciences, People that Deliver, mHealth Alliance, Merck for Mothers, United Nations Children’s Fund, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Population Services International, and PATH.

 
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