Public health logisticians have a critical but often undervalued role in providing life-saving health services. Especially in developing countries, supply chain management is often not recognized as a profession that requires specialized training. In 2007, the project established the International Association of Public Health Logisticians (IAPHL)—a community of practice that promotes the professionalization of the field of public health logistics through education and information sharing.
IAPHL supports logisticians worldwide by providing a forum where members can network, exchange ideas, and improve professional skills. Membership has grown steadily to more than 4000 members from nearly 140 countries, representing a variety of professional backgrounds from all levels of the supply chain. IAPHL hosts online technical discussions on a variety of topics and offers professional development opportunities, such as mentoring programs. IAPHL encourages formation of country chapters and currently has online communities for Benin, Kenya, Tanzania, and India.
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