Strengthening health systems in low-income countries requires reliable health information and improved decision-making capacity at all levels. From the onset, OpenLMIS collaborators understood that to meet this goal, an open-source, high-quality, logistics platform was needed.


Open Source Software for Managing

Health Supply Chains

Public health supply chains need accurate, timely logistics data from health facilities to make decisions about procurement and supply. Too often this information is inaccurate or simply not available. As a result, health systems in many countries continue to experience stock-outs of essential medicines. In many cases, countries have had to build and support their own custom logistics management information system solutions, or rely on costly commercial systems. Globally, this approach is expensive, inefficient, and often results in inadequate solutions that become increasingly difficult to maintain over time.

VillageReach is a leading contributor to OpenLMIS, the global initiative to develop shared, open source solutions for managing medical commodity distribution in low- and middle-income countries. OpenLMIS is a new, cost-effective solution purpose-built to address the data visibility challenges of  low-resource environments.

In March 2020, it was announced that OpenLMIS would be stewarded by Vitalliance Corp to allow the software to grow as a global good but to remain true to the collaborative nature upon which it was built.


  • Provides for shared investment / shared benefit
  • Is interoperable with other medical information systems
  • Is highly adaptable to the unique requirements of specific programs and individual countries

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Key Benefits

  1. Automated Requisition Lifecycle: Supports requisitioning, approving, packing, shipping, and delivery confirmation, including automated notifications for each step
  2. Centralized reporting across all levels and programs: Supports decision making with easy access to accurate system-wide data on stock on hand, requisitions, orders, and deliveries.
  3. Reduced Support Costs: Web-based system eliminates the need to install and maintain desktop applications, requiring only a basic internet connection.
  4. Improves Data Accuracy: Eliminates time-consuming manual calculations by automatically calculating replenishment quantities.

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For a more technical and complete overview of  OpenLMIS, its features, and to access the repository

visit OpenLMIS.org


Globally, OpenLMIS manages data for over 11,000 health facilities across 7 deployments: Mozambique (2012), Tanzania (2013), Zanzibar (2014) Zambia (2014), Benin (2015), Cote d’Ivoire (2015) and Malawi (2017).

Initial implementations of OpenLMIS have reported significant efficiencies and improvements in health supply chain performance including:

  • Improving data availability from 1 month to 1 day
  • Reduction in stockout frequency from 19% to 5%

The OpenLMIS Community continues to track results as more systems are deployed in more countries and use case data is reported back to the Community.

For detailed impact data visit openlmis.org 


“This is a major leap forward in access to medicines”                                            –   Honorable Dr. Joseph Kasonde, Minister of Health  in Zambia

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From the Field

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What Lies Ahead-  …In the coming year, we will  work with national and provincial policy makers to continue the national discourse on system optimization.

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Our work is entirely iterative and we challenge ourselves by asking difficult questions…

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“As the first open source logistics management information system for medical supply chains designed specifically to meet the requirements of low-income countries, the creation of OpenLMIS challenges the legacy paradigm of custom, proprietary solutions. Initial deployments of OpenLMIS are already improving lives for millions across multiple countries, proving the value of shared investment through a sustainable and scalable solution to long-standing supply chain challenges.”

– Allen Wilcox, Former President, VillageReach

Key Partners

  • Vitalliance Corp
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • ThoughtWorks
  • John Snow, Inc.
  • PATH
  • UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children

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