Through technical assistance from SCMS, many countries where we work are
upgrading their own warehouses to international standards and bringing lasting
change to the public health infrastructure across Africa and elsewhere. With
these changes, countries are able to store more public health commodities than
ever before and distribute them reliably and efficiently to service delivery
points. Importantly, the impact goes far beyond HIV/AIDS, as many of the
warehouses hold stocks for the full range of public health programs.
In this issue, you will learn how SCMS has helped improve warehousing and
distribution in several countries. For example, in Uganda we have worked with
the Joint Medical Store (JMS), a faithbased organization serving the needs of
mission hospitals and clinics, to strengthen its warehousing practices. You will
also learn how SCMS is helping contract with commercial services to deliver
commodities to often hardtoreach areas - working with FedEx in Zambia to
distribute laboratory controls, and with local private transport companies in
Haiti. And, you will find out how new technology is being used in Rwanda to
revolutionize their warehousing system...