PipeLine 5.2

What is PipeLine?

To be successful, public health programs must always have enough medicines and supplies to meet the needs of their clients. At the same time, programs must avoid surpluses that waste products and money. PipeLine is a best-in-class desktop software toolit helps program managers plan optimal procurement and delivery schedules for health commodities, and it monitors their orders throughout the supply chain. Policymakers, product suppliers, and donors can generate reports, estimate future product needs, and use the software as a key tool in program planning. This effective tool has been used in more than 40 countries around the world, with products in reproductive health, essential medicines, anti-retroviral testing and treatment, malaria testing and treatment, lab supplies, and tuberculosis treatment.

PipeLine Version 5.1 is an upgrade to the 2010 release, Version 5.0.  It adds one new feature, provides the software in three additional languages, and resolves several outstanding issues experienced by some users of PipeLine 5.0. New features in PipeLine version 5.1 enhance forecast data entry. Features added in version 5.0 (which continue in version 5.1) include new fields and reports allow you to describe and display details of shipments and consumption of health commodities for virtually any type of product. 

PipeLine 5.1 is available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. If you wish to use PipeLine in Arabic, we recommend continuing to use PipeLine 4.0.

How does PipeLine work?

For each medicine or health product in a program, PipeLine helps track—

  • the rate at which commodities are used
  • what has been ordered but not yet received
  • total quantity available at all storage facilities and health care facilities
  • total amount of losses (due to expiry and damage) or transfers
  • time required for the product to arrive after it is ordered.

With these data, PipeLine can be used to—

  • identify when to order new products and what actions are needed to do so
  • identify shortfalls, surpluses, stockouts, and other pipeline problems
  • forecast future needs.

Selected new features of PipeLine Version 5.0 and 5.1

    • Forecast data may be entered into the consumption table directly from the Trend Analysis graph line with one click.
    • Data entry of forecast consumption data for products used in fixed ratios, or products planned by targets is automated, making it faster and easier.
    • New Supply Plan Report shows shipment quantities in basic units, case sizes, and packs. 
    • Data in reports may be viewed in an expanded variety of timeframes, including a user-defined “custom” timeframe, accomodating reporting by different calendars or fiscal years.
    • The “Funding Sources” field provides an additional way to classify and describe shipments.
    • Calculation of average monthly consumption may be adjusted to aid in planning shipments for commodities affected by seasonality.

Some Countries Where PipeLine Is Used





Burkina Faso


El Salvador



In most developing nations, the process of budgeting, procuring, and shipping contraceptives is quite lengthy. Having a reliable procurement plan for one to two years into the future is critical for ensuring that all people have continuous access to the contraceptives they need, where and when they need them. In Mali, the staff who manage contraceptives in the public sector and in the social marketing sector use PipeLine at least once per year to share knowledge and plan collaboratively. This helps to continuously improve the management of national stocks and to ensure appropriate procurement plans.

As part of the annual exercise to prepare contraceptive supply plan in Ghana, the resident advisor holds a workshop with the country's family planning program stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health, the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana, and the Ghana Social Marketing Foundation. Each program comes to the workshop with up-to-date PipeLine data. The programs then use the software to forecast contraceptive demand based on usage trends. Graphs produced with PipeLine facilitate presentation of the results by stakeholders to local donor representatives, several of whom have also been trained to use PipeLine.

Minimum system requirements

The following resources are recommended for use with PipeLine 5.2—

    • PC with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7
    • Microsoft Office 2003 with Service Pack 3, Office 2007, Office 2010
    • 500 MB of hard drive space
    • 256 MB of memory
    • CPU with Pentium III or higher
    • Video Adapter (SVGA with 800 x 600 resolution)

Download PipeLine

To download and install PipeLine you need to submit the PipeLine Password Request Form. On the form you must provide a valid email address so that we can send you the password needed to unlock the software. Please click here to access the PipeLine Password Request Form

Click here to download the PipeLine 5.2 zip file (English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish).
Click here to download the PipeLine 4 zip file (includes the above languages plus Arabic).

The PipeLine file is large (285MB). If your internet connection is slow or unreliable, request a copy of the PipeLine CD by emailing now.

PipeLine Estimated Download Times
(Your actual download time may be faster or slower than these estimates.)











If your connection is 56kbps or less, download is more than 12 hours.  We recommend ordering a CD.


Installation instructions: Click the links below for instructions on installing PipeLine 4.0:
English     Español     Français

Featured Tool

Enhancing Contraceptive Security through Better Financial Tracking--A Resource Guide for Analysts and Advocates (1,594 KB)
this document available in PDF English   
Date of Publication 2013
This document guides readers through the steps to track contraceptive financing and finance processes. The guide provides information about financing schemes, sources, and agents and details how to collect and analyze data on how much funding was needed, committed, and spent for contraceptives. It also provides information to help users map the funding processes (including organizations involved, funding decisions, timing, and potential bottlenecks) in order to determine when and to whom to advocate for adequate and timely funding for contraceptives. Finally, the guide suggests various situations in which to use the finance tracking information to enhance advocacy and decisionmaking.

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