Updated HIP: Supply Chain Management

2 July, 2020

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Dear Colleagues,

I’d like to share with you the dissemination for the updated High Impact Practice (HIP) on Supply Chain Management. Attached and copied below for your convenience are a series of communication messages that we would like you to use to share this information with your colleagues, within your organization in HQ and overseas, and with your partners and stakeholders. These messages include a short description, bulleted key points, and tweets, including some about COVID-19 just to anchor it in our new normal! This HIP Brief will soon be available in French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

June 2020

Updated - HIP Supply Chain Management: Investing in the supply chain is critical to achieving family planning goals

Supply Chain Management

Stockouts of popular contraceptive products are common and persistent across many countries. Establishing and maintaining effective supply chain management is essential to making modern contraceptives available and thus helping individuals achieve their reproductive goals. This updated High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIP) brief, originally published in 2012, focuses on key practices to strengthen the management of each step of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the service delivery point.

Establishing and maintaining effective supply chain management is one of several HIPs identified by a technical advisory group of international experts. Investing in supply chain management by increasing data visibility and use, accelerating product flow, professionalizing the workforce, and capitalizing on private sector capacity are interventions that global health supply chain experts agree will strengthen supply chain capacity and performance.

Download the HIP Supply Chain Management brief and visit www.fphighimpactpractices.org to learn more about High Impact Practices in Family Planning.

The various processes in the supply chain, from the service delivery point to warehouses to manufacturers, are linked in the “end to end” supply chain. Source: Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition

Key points: Supply Chain Management: Investing in the supply chain is critical to achieving family planning goals

Inadequate supplies of family planning commodities are estimated to account for up to one-third of the unmet need for family planning in LMICs.

Establishing and maintaining effective supply chain management is essential to making modern contraceptives available and thus helping individuals achieve their reproductive goals.

Contraceptive use is higher in contexts with a consistent supply of contraceptive method options. Data from East Africa indicate that a woman living in a region with one additional contraceptive method available in her region was 50% more likely to report using contraception than a woman living in a region with less choice.

Investing in supply chain management by increasing data visibility and use, accelerating product flow, professionalizing the workforce, and capitalizing on private sector capacity are interventions that global health supply chain experts agree will strengthen supply chain capacity and performance. [...]

HIFA profile: Shannon M Davis is a Web Content Specialist at the Center for Communication Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. shdavis AT jhuccp.org