USAID Funds New Innovations to Strengthen Health Supply Chains
USAID has made two awards under Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains, a grand challenge issued jointly with the Gates Foundation(link is external). These awards will develop technology-based solutions to support health staff at the last mile to strengthen supply chain management and improve contraceptive availability.
WCG(link is external) will harness the power of data to support provider-led solutions for improved family planning supply chains. They will build upon the capability of an existing supply chain information system to proactively empower health providers to identify and overcome their supply chain challenges. This intervention will directly support frontline supply chain workers in providing voluntary family planning.
Arizona State University’s(link is external) new Frontier Economies Logistics Laboratory will develop a first-of-its-kind mobile app that supports experiential learning for supply chain management through simulation of developing country health supply chains. Mobile app users will increase their supply chain competency by making critical decisions while confronting supply chain situations that reflect real-life circumstances. The app will provide a publicly available, low-cost and scalable solution that supports supply chain competency development at any level of the health system.