Our teams of dedicated staff have utilized both innovative and tried-and-true
technologies to make a difference for the people living with HIV/AIDS in the
countries where we work. The results are impressive.
- We have virtually eliminated stockouts of ARVs and rapid test kits for clients
who procure these commodities regularly through SCMS.
- We have delivered more than $247M of commodities, most of it in the last two
- By purchasing generic antiretroviral drugs and through price discounts based on
our pooled procurement volume, we have saved the US taxpayer $367.7M to date in
our ARV purchases.
- We have saved more than $6.7M in freight costs to date (compared to air freight)
by shifting deliveries for clients who plan ahead from air freight to sea and
- We have guaranteed the chain of custody for our products, through physical
measures, quality assurance testing, and the visibility provided by our
information systems. There has been only one theft to date, of a single carton.
- By introducing worldclass technologies, including logistics management
information systems; handheld inventory devices; temperature controls and cold
chain facilities; expiry and batch control; and racking and bar coding, we are
helping transform warehousing in many countries, including Ethiopia, Guyana,
Mozambique, Namibia and Rwanda.
All of these accomplishments have relied on a variety of sophisticated
technologies—computers equipment and software, the Internet, quality assurance
laboratories and many more.
In this issue of Supply Lines, you will read about inspiring efforts in Côte
d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Guyana, and learn about our efforts to help you and
others connect with each other to share your experiences, ideas and best
practices. You’ll notice all these stories address how technology, from handheld
devices to sophisticated warehouse management systems, is helping create
sustainable solutions and save lives...