To help countries develop capacity in health supply chain management, the project focused on leadership and accountability. National human resource assessments in five countries created a baseline for putting the right personnel in place. Fifteen of the project’s presence countries now have logistics management units (LMUs) or dedicated supply chain management positions. Using new methodologies like the Lead Lab initiative, the project taught key leaders in ministries of health how to become innovators and provide stewardship for the health supply chain.
In Tanzania, the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT and Supply Chain Management System assisted the government in designing and implementing an LMU—a coordinating body that provides supply chain management oversight, including quantification and many other central operations. All public health commodities were placed under the management of the LMU, which was fully staffed with 73 personnel and placed within the ministry to ensure country ownership. Creation of the LMU enabled the ministry to prioritize and address health supply chain challenges, and reduce redundancies in management processes for multiple supply chains.
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