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Blog Post   |   November 19, 2015

2015 Global Health Supply Chain Summit: What’s NEXT?

Last week, the annual Global Health Supply Chain Summit took place in Dakar, Senegal, bringing together supply chain specialists and thought leaders from around the world to keep challenging each of us to strive for better performance of supply chains. It is a week…

Blog Post   |   November 30, 2017

Keeping Cool: A New Partnership with Bull City Learning

Vaccines are extremely sensitive to temperature. They must remain between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius in order to remain viable. Outside of this temperature range, vaccines become less effective at preventing diseases. Because of this, the storage and handling of vaccines need careful attention….

Blog Post   |   April 7, 2015

You Can’t Manage What You Can’t See

Improving Data for Management of the Vaccine Cold Chain in Mozambique Last week I was spending a lot of time with my colleague from UNICEF/Mozambique to create a distribution plan for  new cold chain equipment procured and funded by UNICEF. This is a great…

Blog Post   |   June 5, 2015

TechNet 2015- 4 Trends Shaping Changes in Global Immunization (HINT: Think local!)

The 15th TechNet Conference convened last month in Bangkok, bringing together a global network of professionals and practitioners committed to strengthening immunization services in developing countries.  As my first time attending, it was a great opportunity to “geek out” about vaccines with a whole bunch…

Blog Post   |   September 24, 2015

The Heart of the Congo: Where Even Coca-Cola Doesn’t Get To

Many people in global health talk about how Coca-Cola supply chain practices could be applied and adapted to health commodities to ensure that vaccines, malaria treatment, family planning commodities, and many more essential medicines are available at the last mile health facilities. And they…

Blog Post   |   June 26, 2015

Inside the Warehouse – Vaccine “Accessories” and the complexity of the cold chain

Olivia Vargas is currently in Mozambique conducting a midline evaluation of the ColdTrace pilot program, a remote temperature monitoring system for vaccines currently operating in the southern portion of the Gaza Province where she recently visited a vaccine warehouse as inspiration for this blog….

Blog Post   |   October 12, 2017

A Masterpiece in Progress: Seeing the Bigger Picture through Supply Chain Modeling

Through my work optimizing supply chains, I have truly come to realize the importance of looking at “the big picture.” If every detail matters in the effective operation of a supply chain, it is also critical to connect the dots and understand how functions…

Blog Post   |   November 23, 2016

Laying the Groundwork in DRC

For the past month, I’ve been in Democratic Republic of Congo working to further establish and expand VillageReach’s presence in the country. I’ve also been preparing for a workshop to present the preliminary results of a supply chain modeling exercise that will help key…

Blog Post   |   May 6, 2016

Realizations on the Road to Reforming Immunization Supply Chains

Reposted from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Blog: Impatient Optimists 5.6.2016 I recently returned from a week in Mozambique with a goal of learning about new immunization supply chain models and observing their impact.  I also wanted to better understand opportunities and constraints…

Blog Post   |   February 1, 2017

Puzzle Pieces: How data, trucks and fridges can help deliver the African Union’s Commitment

Versão português With the endorsement of the Addis Declaration on Immunisation, African leaders demonstrated their commitment to life-saving immunizations.  The Declaration names a number of components – ten, in fact – crucial to realizing the full benefits of immunization.  But there are many more…

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