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New PRISM Tools Use Span of Routine Health Data

Poor data or a lack of data ultimately contributes to poor planning, policies, and resource allocation in the health sector. To contribute to improved health, the Performance of Routine Information Systems Management (PRISM) tools have been revised to help countries identify gaps in their routine health information system. This new, more comprehensive PRISM Series, is useful for designing, strengthening, and evaluating routine health information performance and developing a plan to put the results of a PRISM assessment into action to support evidence-based decisions in the health sector. Read more about this here.

New PRISM Tools Use Span of Routine Health Data

New PRISM Tools Use Span of Routine Health Data

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NCDs in UHC: 5 priorities to Ensure Healthy Lives for All

The NCD Alliance has published its briefing paper advocating 5 priorities to ensure healthy lives for all and urging governments to promote health, social services and quality care that meets the needs of all people across their life course. The publication also advances that the prevention and control of NCDs, together with other health priorities, is adopted as an element of UHC. Read more about this here.

NCDs in UHC: 5 priorities to Ensure Healthy Lives for All

NCDs in UHC: 5 priorities to Ensure Healthy Lives for All

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IAPHL Blog Article – Medicine for Your Ears: Four Podcasts for IAPHL Members

By Jay Heavner on July 22nd, 2019

Some people listen to music on their smart phones. I listen to podcasts. Lots of them. Probably too many of them. Because there are so many on so many interesting topics… and they’re a great way to fill that time when you can’t pay attention to a screen or read something… and every year brings even more good ones… and there’s just NOT ENOUGH TIME to listen to them all!

Sometimes the subject matter touches on the work we do in public health and/or supply chain management, and I’ll think, “I should share this on the IAPHL listserv.” And then I forget. So I searched my memory and the internet to provide a few here that I hope you’ll enjoy.

A history of shipping containers (eight-part series)

Many of the USAID-funded health commodities distributed in developing countries arrive by shipping containers from Asia, Europe, and elsewhere. This podcast will open your eyes to the story behind the containers that carry so much of international trade. “Containers is an 8-part audio documentary about how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves. Host and correspondent Alexis Madrigal leads you through the world of ships and sailors, technology and tugboats, warehouses and cranes.”

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Reports of the 2019 IAPHL Sponsorship Recipients

IAPHL sponsored six of its members to attend the Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference which held from July 10 – 11, 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. They posted their daily experiences at the conference to the IAPHL listserv and have written reports to highlight their participation, lessons learned and next steps. Click below to read their reports.

IAPHL Scholarship Beneficiaries’ Report_Ahamed Flagbata Kallon

IAPHL Scholarship Beneficiaries’ Report_Francis Oboi

IAPHL Scholarship Beneficiaries’ Report_Joseph Desire

IAPHL Scholarship Beneficiaries’ Report_Nadiya Alnoor Jiwa

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Zipline LLC Drone Delivery Service Operation

Below is a detailed explanation and resources on the Zipline drone delivery service operation sent by Isreal Bimpe who works with the Zipline Global Operations Team.

I am Israel, I am on the Zipline Global Operations Team. Before answering the questions, let me share a few resources that would address most of the questions posed.

Here are a couple of articles.

In the Air With Zipline’s Medical Delivery Drones– IEEE Spectrum https://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/drones/in-the-air-with-ziplines-medical-delivery-drones

Inside Zipline’s new distribution centre | The New Times | Rwanda https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/inside-ziplines-new-distribution-centre

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Manual for Developing a National Malaria Strategic Plan

WHO has released a manual for developing a national malaria strategic plan towards a malaria-free future. The manual provides orientation on: guiding principles for developing an effective malaria strategic plan (MSP), strategic directions for an appropriate MSP and the processes and steps involved in developing an effective MSP. Access the manual here.

Manual for Developing a National Malaria Strategic Plan

Manual for Developing a National Malaria Strategic Plan

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From Paper Maps to Digital Maps: Enhancing Routine Immunization Micro Planning in Northern Nigeria

BMJ Global Health has released an article on generating and converting routine immunization (RI) paper maps to digital maps for micro planning using the geographical information systems (GIS) approach. It highlights challenges and lessons learnt in moving from RI paper maps to digital maps in a low-income country. Read more here.

From Paper Maps to Digital Maps: Enhancing Routine Immunization Micro Planning in Northern Nigeria

From Paper Maps to Digital Maps: Enhancing Routine Immunization Micro Planning in Northern Nigeria

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New Health Product Profile Directory for Smarter R&D to Tackle Global Health Priorities

WHO has launched an online resource to guide the development of new health products for which there are limited markets or incentives for research and development. The Health Product Profile Directory is a free-to-use online resource created and developed to provide a searchable database of profiles for health products needed to tackle pressing health issues in global health This tool aims to promote research and development for products to combat neglected diseases and threats to global health, including antimicrobial resistance and diseases with pandemic potential. Read more about it here.

New Health Product Profile Directory for Smarter R&D to Tackle Global Health Priorities

New Health Product Profile Directory for Smarter R&D to Tackle Global Health Priorities

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WHO Offers a New Tool and Sets a Target to Accelerate Action Against Antimicrobial Resistance

WHO has launched a global campaign urging governments to adopt a tool to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance, adverse events and costs. The AWaRe tool was developed to contain rising resistance and make antibiotic use safer and more effective. It classifies antibiotics into three groups – Access, Watch and Reserve – and specifies which antibiotics to use for the most common and serious infections, which ones should be available at all times in the healthcare system, and those that must be used sparingly or preserved and used only as a last resort. Read more and access the tool here.

WHO Offers a New Tool and Sets a Target to Accelerate Action Against Antimicrobial Resistance

WHO Offers a New Tool and Sets a Target to Accelerate Action Against Antimicrobial Resistance

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IAPHL Advisory Group (AG) Meeting Updates_May 2019

By Ogochukwu Anyanwu on June 28th, 2019

On May 8, 2019, the IAPHL Advisory Group (AG) held its bi-annual meeting with members attending both in-person and online. You can read the updates presented to the group and follow-on activities agreed to by AG members during this very interactive meeting here.

IAPHL Advisory Group (AG) Meeting Updates_May 2019

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WHO Technical Briefing Seminar on Essential Medicines and Health Products

WHO is conducting a one-week Technical Briefing Seminar on Essential Medicines and Health Products Policies from November 4 – 8, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The seminar will include topics on global issues and emerging challenges related to access to medical products of quality, the WHO strategy for working with countries and partnership; and information resources. Participation is aimed at professionals working on pharmaceutical policies and access to medicines and health technologies programmes.

Applications open on June 20th, 2019 and close on August 31st, 2019.

For more information and registration, please click here.

Excerpt from Judith Sprunken (Technical Officer, WHO)

WHO Technical Briefing Seminar on Essential Medicines and Health Products

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New Study Finds No Link between HIV Infection and Contraceptive Methods

Dating back to 25 years since the HIV epidemic took hold in many countries, research studies suggested a possible increased risk of HIV acquisition for women using progestogen-only injectables like DMPA-intramuscular (DMPA-IM), Levonorgestrel and Copper-bearing IUD. However, it was not possible to determine whether HIV infections were due to the type of contraceptive method used or other factors because of limitations in the design of these studies. The Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) Study was carried out in four countries with settings of high HIV incidence ‒ Eswatini, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia. Results of the ECHO trial found no significant difference in risk of HIV infection among women using one of three highly effective, reversible contraceptive methods. Read more about this here.Excerpt from WHO Press Release

New Study Finds No Link between HIV Infection and Contraceptive Methods

New Study Finds No Link between HIV Infection and Contraceptive Methods

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Dangers of Falsified and Substandard Medicines

The effects of trade in falsified and substandard medicines are undeniable. Developing countries are particularly affected since they are easy targets for the illegal trade of falsified and substandard medicines due to insufficient regulations and controls as well as limited access to health care. This publication outlines some dangers and solutions.Excerpt from SWP.

Dangers of Falsified and Substandard Medicines

Dangers of Falsified and Substandard Medicines

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Digital Health Investment Review Tool

Over time, digital health investments have been made without the needed time or resources to develop a technical knowledge of information and communications technologies. The Digital Health Investment Review Tool will provide users guidance on implementing and monitoring activities to integrate best practices in digital health programs from inception to implementation. Click here for more information on the tool.Excerpt from USAID/MSCP website.

Digital Health Investment Review Tool

Digital Health Investment Review Tool

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WHO Releases First Guideline on Digital Health Interventions and other Publications on Digital Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new recommendations on ways that countries can use digital health technology accessible through mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve health and essential services. Read more about it here.

Below are other publications by WHO on digital health.

WHO Guideline: Recommendations on Digital Interventions for Health System StrengtheningGlobal Strategy on Digital Health 2020-2024

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WHO Releases the 5 Moments for Medication Safety Tool

Following the implementation of the third WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm, WHO has released the Medication for Safety Tool to engage and empower patients to be involved in their own care; and reduce medication-related harm. Read more about this here.

WHO Releases the 5 Moments for Medication Safety Tool

WHO Releases the 5 Moments for Medication Safety Tool

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IAPHL Quarterly Supply Chain Resource Review – June, 2019

By Andrew Brown on June 14th, 2019

We are pleased to share with you the 3rd ‘IAPHL quarterly supply chain resource review’. In this issue we consulted a number of SCM information repositories, academic, private sector, and SCM experts to select for you the following resources that we hope will inform you, challenge you and keep you thinking how you can improve your own practice and the productivity of the supply chain you work in.

In this issue we present a range of updates from across the health supply chain landscape.

i. Journal Article: Interventions to Increase the Distribution of Vaccines in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Scoping ReviewAchieving universal access to immunization, as envisioned in the global vaccine action plan continues to be a challenge for many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of this review was to assess the effectiveness of system redesign and outsourcing to improve outdated immunization supply chain systems in Sub-Saharan Africa.

ii. Resources: Immunization Cold Chain Equipment (CCE) (TechNet)TechNet recently published this online resource to provide everything you need to know about WHO PQS-prequalified products including installation and maintenance guides, training resources, brochures, videos, photos, as well as product feedback from TechNet members.

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IAPHL Country Chapter Activities

By Iember Mker on June 6th, 2019

Kudos to the many country chapter leaders who work quietly to drive these IAPHL country chapter activities. We are pleased to share some activities by some of our country chapters.

       IAPHL Kenya Chapter Inaugural Meeting

The Kenya chapter had its inaugural meeting on May 3. Many thanks to the chapter leader, Yukabeth Otieno, for organizing the meeting and Pamela Steele Associates (PSA) for providing support.

       IAPHL Zimbabwe Chapter Inaugural Meeting and Launch

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IAPHL Blog Article – A Chair at the Top? The Importance of Leadership for Public Health Supply Chains

By Walter Proper on May 22nd, 2019

Large business organizations know that supply chains are critical to their success or failure. If products are unavailable, customers will go to a competitor, and profits decline. Public health supply chains don’t have a bottom line to consider, but their services are more critical than driving home a profit; people’s lives depend on them and when supply chains falter, the health impact can be devastating. Medicines, contraceptives, and other health supplies must be available when and where people need them.

In contrast to private sector companies, ministries of health in developing countries are typically not structured to include a director who focuses solely on the supply chain, and who is placed in the top leadership of the organization. This can cause supply chain problems to be poorly understood, underrepresented, or just lost when other issues are deemed more important.

If we are to bend the curve of health improvement, the status of supply chain issues must be elevated with dedicated, professional supply chain management (SCM) staff who can effectively advocate at the highest levels. This could mean creating a standalone directorate for supply chain management, or giving representatives from the logistics management unit a seat at high-level meetings on a regular basis.

When decision-makers can interact directly with professional supply chain leaders, who are closely involved in day-to-day logistics operations, SCM issues become more visible and can be resolved faster. Public health supply chains are large, complicated organizations that require a core of trained professionals to execute the technical tasks that ensure a continuous product flow to health facilities. These tasks may relate to quantification, procurement, distribution, or logistics management information systems, to name a few key SCM areas.

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2019 IAPHL Annual Survey Results

By Ogochukwu Anyanwu on May 15th, 2019

We are pleased to announce that we received responses to the 2019 IAPHL member survey from 325 members. Many thanks to everyone who participated in the survey. Please click here to view the results.

2019 IAPHL Annual Survey Results

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IAPHL Nigeria Chapter Health Supply Chain Learning Boot Camp

By Iember Mker on May 10th, 2019

The IAPHL Nigeria Chapter Health Supply Chain Learning Boot Camp themed ‘Transforming Supply Chain Systems through Improved Skills’ with support from Africa Resource Centre (ARC) was successfully conducted.

IAPHL Nigeria Chapter Health Supply Chain Learning Boot Camp

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IAPHL Blog Article – Sustainable Workforce Development Starts with a Theory of Change

By Dominique Zwinkels on April 26th, 2019

Here is our third blog, kindly written by Dominique Zwinkels and Alexis Strader. Enjoy the read and please let us know your thoughts.

Picture this: you are a health supply chain professional who’s just returned from a global supply chain conference. While there, you attended several days’ worth of workshops, presentations and site visits. You’ve got a notebook with pages of notes and a pocket full of business cards. Now that you’re back at work, you’re ready to take this new knowledge and put it into practice. As you think back over the agenda and the conversations you had, you notice words like, “capacity building,” “retention,” and “skills-building” keep popping up. And you realize that indeed, a supply chain is only as good as the people who manage it, so perhaps a good place to start improving your own supply chain organization is by looking at the needs of your workforce.

This seems like an overwhelming task – you need a structured way to look at staffing, skills, working conditions, and motivation in a systematic way that will guide you in choosing priorities and identifying specific activities that will help you achieve those priorities. You will also need a way to measure your progress as you work towards meeting your workforce development goals. You frantically look through your business cards, hoping to find a name of someone that might have ideas. Then you remember! During the conference, you learned about the new People that Deliver Building Human Resources for Supply Chain Management Theory of Change. And lucky for you, it’s free and available to download from the People that Deliver website! If only everything else could be this easy!

Finding the right resources for your work is not always easy, but when it comes to human resources for supply chain management, People that Deliver is working hard to develop new tools and resources with real-world applications. The People That Deliver (PtD) was established in 2011 to advocate for a systematic approach to human resources (HR) for health supply chain management (SCM). Our ultimate goal is to have a competent, supported, and adequately staffed supply chain workforce deployed across the public and private sectors within the health system. Our newest resource: Building Human Resources for Supply Chain Management Theory of Change (HR4SCM TOC) is meant to be the starting point for a supply chain organization in the strengthening and developing of its workforce.

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Cyclone Idai Humanitarian Efforts Information

By Ogochukwu Anyanwu on April 5th, 2019

As you already know, parts of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe were hit by a major cyclone on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Now, more than ever, these countries can use all the support they can get. Our colleague, Peter Ahabwe Babigumira, provided some helpful links as shown below:

The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) tracks emergencies and provides a platform where disaster managers can exchange information to coordinate international assistance. The international coordination is done by keeping and updating a roster of logisticians who have acquired logistics humanitarian training certification. Some of these trainings are:

Logistics Cluster Training ProgrammeOnline Courses by the United Nations Department of Safety and Security

Visit Logistics Cluster to read updates on progress made in different countries.

For more information or to offer your support, please contact the following in:

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Webinar: Lessons Learned from Cameroon, Kenya and Liberia in Emergency Supply Chain Preparedness | Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 9am EST

By Iember Mker on April 2nd, 2019

As you already know, on Thursday, March 14, 2019, parts of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe were hit by a major cyclone. Thankfully, they have continued to receive support from many organizations and individuals. Cameroon, Kenya and Liberia also experienced cholera, lassa and rift valley fever outbreaks respectively. IAPHL, with support from supply chain experts from GHSC-PSM, is conducting a webinar to share lessons learned from containing the outbreaks in those countries. We feel this would be a great opportunity for you to learn and borrow a leaf in providing support to the affected communities. Please see webinar details below and click here to read the webinar description and presenter profiles.

Webinar Title: Lessons Learned from Cameroon, Kenya and Liberia in Emergency Supply Chain PreparednessDate: Thursday, April 11, 2019Time: 9 am ESTVenue: WebexMeeting number: 620 108 664Meeting password: TTcbv7x@Meeting link: https://jsi.webex.com/jsi/j.php?MTID=m1e53c3f930d9acd7b2bb9354b105feedHost key: 981556

Webinar: Lessons Learned from Cameroon, Kenya and Liberia in Emergency Supply Chain Preparedness | Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 9am EST

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IAPHL Country Chapters Grow to 19!

By Iember Mker on March 28th, 2019

We are excited to announce that IAPHL country chapters have expanded to 19 countries! Two countries recently joined. Please welcome Togo and Nepal! Our colleagues, who serve as country chapter leaders, have done tremendous work in ensuring that IAPHL chapters are launched and strengthened in their countries. They have continued to work towards upholding the IAPHL mission “To enable people working in public health supply chains, especially in the global south, to connect, learn, and succeed.” IAPHL country chapter portals on the listserv facilitate the sharing of information and supply chain learning that represent their country health supply chain context.

If you want to join any of the country chapter portals, please click on the country in the list below:

IAPHL Country Chapters Grow to 19!

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Webinar: Lessons Learned from Cameroon, Kenya and Liberia in Emergency Supply Chain Preparedness | Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 9am EST

By Iember Mker on March 26th, 2019

We are excited to announce that supply chain experts from Chemonics will be conducting a webinar on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 9am EST. The webinar title, description and profiles of the presenters are as shown below.

Webinar Title: Lessons Learned from Cameroon, Kenya and Liberia in Emergency Supply Chain Preparedness

Description: Public Health experts predict that the containment of pandemic and epidemic outbreaks is likely to become more complex and challenging, posing major obstacles to improving global health. The launch of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in 2014, a partnership of nearly 50 nations, international organizations, and non-governmental stakeholders, comes as a response to this need and to contribute to the mitigation of the effects of pathogenic infectious diseases and other biological threats.In this webinar, the Chemonics Supply Chain Solutions Practice will present the Emergency Supply Chain (ESC) Framework and its Playbook, which was developed by the USAID Global Health Supply Chain (GHSC) – Technical Assistance (TA) Francophone Task Order (TO). The framework serves as a practical guide for emergency supply chain specialists of partner GHSA nations for the adoption and integration of national emergency preparedness and response strategies. The set of tools, guides, standard operating procedures, and protocols help countries prepare and respond to epidemic and pandemic health emergencies. Chemonics representatives from the GHSC–TA Task Order, the Liberia Last Mile Project and the USAID Global Health Supply Chain-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Kenya will share their lessons learned from the customization and implementation of the Playbook in Cameroon, Kenya and Liberia.

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IAPHL Quarterly Supply Chain Resource Review – March, 2019

By Andrew Brown on March 19th, 2019

We are pleased to share with you the 2nd ‘IAPHL quarterly supply chain resource review’. In this issue we again consulted a number of SCM information repositories, academic, private sector, and SCM experts to select for you the following resources that we hope will inform you, challenge you and keep you thinking how you can improve your own practice and the productivity of the supply chain you work in.

In this issue we have a focus on ‘The Journey to Self-Reliance’ and supply chain sustainability.

i. Web resource: USAID Self-Reliance Metrics & Country RoadmapsEach country must lead its own development journey by financing and implementing solutions to its own development challenges. On this website you can:– Learn more about the Journey to Self-Reliance– Access USAID’s primary self-reliance assessment tool: The Country Roadmaps– View and download a wide-range of supporting resources

ii. Guidance: From Pilot to practice: Lessons on Scale, Institutionalization and Sustainability (SC4CCM)Scale up and institutionalization of successful practices is the goal of every pilot project. Successfully navigating this pilot-to-practice journey to meet scale up and sustainability goals has been a challenge for many global health interventions. Based on SC4CCM’s five year experience with identifying, testing, and scaling up successful community level supply chain interventions, this guidance provides practical advice how best to undertake this journey.

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Next Moderated Discussion: March 18, 2019 – Digital Innovations and Public Health Supply Chain Solutions

By Iember Mker on March 15th, 2019

It is our pleasure to announce that our next moderated discussion will start on Monday, March 18, 2019. It will be moderated by experts with varying degrees of expertise across different domains of digital solutions and supply chain operations. The moderators have provided a brief description of the moderated discussion and their bios, please see below:

Title: Digital Innovations and Public Health Supply Chain Solutions

Description: Globalization and technological advancement are redefining every aspect of humanity at a blinding pace. Their combined impact cuts across all industries and areas of practice. Catalyzed by exponential gains in computing power and access over the past several decades, a new generation of horizontally-oriented technological innovations has emerged that bears the potential to transform industry, government and society.

As a result, we are witnessing the beginnings of what experts call the Fourth Industrial Revolution – and with it, a new Digital Economy. The potential impact of new technologies on economic access, resilience, and efficiency is staggering. According to a report by McKinsey, the global integration of one enabling technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), has an estimated impact worth $1.2T-$2.0T in supply chain management and manufacturing alone and $3.5T – $5.8T across all industries.

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Promising Pathways to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a path filled with promises of good health and equity for all, yet remains one less traveled. This article shows how reliable data, innovation and getting more value for money (smart purchasing) are critical to achieving UHC. Read more on AllAfrica.

Promising Pathways to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa

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Promising Pathways to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a path filled with promises of good health and equity for all, yet remains one less traveled. This article shows how this could change by explaining how reliable data, innovation and getting more value for money (smart purchasing) are critical to achieving UHC. Read more on AllAfrica.

Promising Pathways to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa

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Fighting Counterfeit Products

Pharmaceutical supply chains struggles with the issues of counterfeiting and substandard products. New technologies and approaches help to secure products by standardizing information flow and safeguarding authenticity, thus, preventing illness and death. Read more on Inbound Logistics.

Fighting Counterfeit Products

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