Equitable Access to Medicines, Vaccines and Technologies

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The Essential Need To Improve Supply Of Live-Saving Medicines And Vaccines

 

The Public Health Supply Chain (PHSC) provides a reliable supply of commodities, and thus more people are likely to use health services. However, Low- and Middle-income countries (LMIC) still experience essential medicine and vaccine stockouts that cause interruptions to health services, leading to missed opportunities to protect people from diseases and epidemics.

 

| 20 million children worldwide – more than 1 in 10 – missed out on lifesaving vaccines such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus in 2018, according to new data from WHO and UNICEF Press Release |

GaneshAID collaborates with national and international stakeholders to address the main challenges of in-country efficient supply chains:

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Identifying Root Causes 

Limited effect of supply chain interventions

We support innovative approaches to focus systematically on root causes analysis and not only symptoms in health systems. We support mechanism to shape sustainable and evidence-based solutions for building resilient health supply chain systems.

 

Lack of leadership and ownership

We strengthen country ownership and governance structures capacity to prioritize, coordinate and be accountable within supply chain activities. 

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Insufficient accurate and reliable data for decision making

We help country determining and implementing mechanisms to support the collection of key supply chain data required for decision making. 
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Unsatisfactory Human Resources for service delivery and supply chain management

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Our Responses

 

National Logistics Working Groups – NLWG

 

Since 2015, GaneshAID team has been supporting health supply chain leadership and coordination through National Logistics Working Groups. An article published in The Vaccines describes the situation of the NLWG and provides good practices on NLWG across the world.

Likewise, to support more people establishing and reinforcing NLWG, our expert was the Subject matter expert of the e-learning module available on UNICEF/AGORA LMS.

HR4SCM rapid diagnostics for action and Training Needs Assessments

GaneshAID’s experts supported various countries to assess the situation of human resources for supply chain management. The Human Resource for Supply Chain Management Theory of Change Rapid Diagnostic Tool generated key evidence and relevant information about the in-country health and immunization supply chain workforce.

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Health supply chain strategy development

 

GaneshAID’s experts supports countries developing public health supply chain strategies to guide prioritization of issues. The analysis of the Supply chain system at country level is the foundation of the strategic plan development process. It is an ongoing process for monitoring and evaluating the progress and improvements of the healthcare supply chain system, its operational functions and management. It is mainly crucial to monitor and assess periodically the situation of the healthcare supply chain in a context of rapid changes and reforms of the healthcare sector.

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Supporting Vaccines potency through the GAVI CCEOP

Strong and efficient supply chains – equipped with reliable cold chain equipment (CCE) – are vital to helping countries increase immunisation coverage and equity, reaching children with lifesaving vaccines and protecting them against deadly diseases. To ensure that vaccines are widely available and remain cold, safe and effective throughout the entire supply chain, each country’s immunisation programme needs access to high-performing and well-maintained cold chain equipment.

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Dorothy LEAB

Health System Strengthening Specialist

Dorothy Leab is a Public Health professional with a strong focus on Health System Strengthening. Dorothy leads all projects introducing transformative changes for building resilient and sustainable systems for health and immunization.

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