Natalie Privett, Assistant Professor of Management and Policy at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, and David Gonsalvez, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragova International Logistics Program, identified the top 10 challenges facing global pharmaceutical supply chain during a survey. See below: Lack of coordination Inventory […]
It is Saturday afternoon and I find myself in the heart of Lomé, the capital of Togo, at Akodessewa Fetish Market. It is considered the largest fetish market in the world and, for some, it is the Walmart of voodoo in the region. The market has an assortment of animal parts, bone statues and herbs. But I am […]
In emerging markets, due to a lack of coinage (change), shop owners often give you some candy or bubble gum to replace small change. Once in a Vietnam pharmacy, I was handed a single antibiotic tablet. When I enquired about the risks associated with this practice, the pharmacist assistant looked at me blankly. While this […]
There is increased interest in the similarities and differences between consumer beverages (e.g. Coca-Cola) and medicine supply chains. There are are number of initiatives under way, specifically from a Public Private Partnership perspective. There is a lot to learn from the Coca-Cola system. However, it is also important to take into consideration some of the […]
I recently spent some time in Tanzania looking at the “last mile” of logistics of medical supplies in the country. The project focused on assessing the challenges with reaching health clinics and dispensaries, particular in rural areas. Below are some issues to consider when drafting your “last mile” strategy: Territory and road infrastructure – Gain […]
The World Bank, The UK Department for International Development, and USAID recently released the results of a logistics pilot project in Zambia, in which the availability of various medical supplies was improved. This is the first of a three-part series in which I talk with two of the team members and finish with some personal […]
Zambia Study Shows Stronger Supply Chains for Key Drugs can Reduce Child Mortality from World Bank on Vimeo.
Like the private sector, many not-for-profit organizations are involved in supply chain logistics, aiming to get needed products to their clients as efficiently as possible. In emerging markets such as Tanzania, streamlining in-country supply chain can be a complicated undertaking. Many not-for profit organizations are acknowledging that their supply chain capability and capacity, while a […]