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Health Logistics Quarterly (Ethiopia), July 2014 (1,524 KB)
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Author(s): Ministry of Health, Ethiopia; USAID | DELIVER PROJECT
Date of Publication 2014
The Health Logistics Quarterly, a Ministry of Health (MOH) newsletter developed by the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ghana: Pre-Service Training Holds the Key to Better Health Service Delivery (211 KB)
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Author(s): USAID | DELIVER PROJECT
Date of Publication 2014
Pre-service training in supply chain management teaches students the highest standards of health logistics before they go into pharmacy jobs across the country. This brief shows how students at two schools of pharmacy in Ghana are now learning best practices in the supply chain management of health commodities as part of their education.

Optimizing Supply Chains for Improved Performance (979 KB)
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Author(s): USAID | DELIVER PROJECT
Date of Publication 2014
This brief describes supply chain design and optimization, which is a powerful, practical tool that can improve performance now and position supply chains for the future.

Long-Lasting Insecticide-Treated Bed Net Packaging Considerations (242 KB)
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Author(s): USAID | DELIVER PROJECT
Date of Publication 2014
This brief describes how malaria prevention programs are pursuing packaging options for LLINs that reduce waste, or make it easier to dispose of packaging. It details the necessary considerations and potential ramifications to malaria prevention activities for the three packaging options.

Financing the Health Commodity Supply Chain: The Role of Service Fees (793 KB)
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Author(s): USAID | DELIVER PROJECT
Date of Publication 2014
This paper provides health commodity supply chain leaders and managers with practical information on developing, justifying, and applying evidence-based service fees. The intended audiences for this paper are people in ministries of health and medical stores agencies who are charged with ensuring access to health commodities—essential medicines and diagnostic supplies, including vertical program commodities for family planning, immunization, HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, etc.—for the citizens they serve.

Experiences and Lessons Learned from Pay-for-Reporting Schemes in Public Health Supply Chains (517 KB)
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Author(s): USAID | DELIVER PROJECT
Date of Publication 2014
In recent years, evidence has increasingly shown the effectiveness of performance-based incentives (PBI) in improving the global delivery of healthcare service. Although the improvements have been seen primarily in high-income country settings, examples of successful PBI interventions are beginning to emerge in low- and middle-income countries. Despite the evidence showing the usefulness of PBI in commercial-sector supply chains, limited examples have been seen in public-sector health supply chains to motivate improved performance. This brief describes the available experiences of pay-for-reporting schemes in public-sector health supply chains in four countries: Tanzania, Nicaragua, Rwanda, and Zambia.

Quantification of Health Commodities: A Guide to Forecasting and Supply Planning for Procurement (1,065 KB)
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Author(s): USAID | DELIVER PROJECT
Date of Publication 2014
This guide to quantification of health commodities has been developed to assist technical advisors, program managers, warehouse managers, procurement officers, and service providers in (1) estimating the total commodity needs and costs for successful implementation of national health program strategies and goals, (2) identifying the funding needs and gaps for procurement of the required commodities, and (3) planning procurements and shipment delivery schedules to be able to ensure a sustained and effective supply of health commodities. Updated June 2014.

Malawi: Family Planning Advocacy Project. End-line Survey Report (1,155 KB)
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Author(s): USAID | DELIVER PROJECT
Date of Publication 2014
This report describes the process and findings of the end of project evaluation of the Family Planning Advocacy project (FPAP). The FPAP was supported from April to September 2013 by the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT (the project) and was implemented by Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Malawi in three districts. The goal of the FPAP was to improve community understanding of the range of family planning methods and available services and how to access them, thereby helping to drive the uptake of family planning services.

Guidelines for Warehousing Health Commodities (2,479 KB)
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Author(s): USAID | DELIVER PROJECT
Date of Publication 2014
The 2014 update of these guidelines were written for anyone trying to meet and solve the challenges of operating a warehouse today. They are an important reference tool for managers and staff, whether they are constructing a new warehouse, implementing a new warehouse system, or redesigning their current system. Guidelines for Warehousing Health Commodities is for use by supply chain managers, logistics advisors, and warehouse managers who want to improve and increase efficiency in their current health commodity warehouse.

Logistics Outsourcing and Contract Management in Public Health Settings (324 KB)
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Author(s): USAID | DELIVER PROJECT
Date of Publication 2014
This technical brief offers basic advice for getting the best possible performance from a logistics contract in a public health setting; it also describes the basic duties and required capabilities of a logistics contract manager; plus, it summarizes several tools for contract management. It also both summarizes and complements a USAID | DELIVER PROJECT guide to logistics outsourcing, Emerging Trends in Supply Chain Management.


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