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Outsourced Transport Resource Center 

This resource center was established to provide services and information to African countries integrating private sector land and air based transport to build high performing supply chains for responsive primary health care systems.

Jan 22, 2024   |   Podcast

Supply Chain Leadership Across Africa: The Complex World of Logistics in Public Health

Originally posted on Supply Chain Now.  Integrating private sector resources and capacity into public health supply chains is critical for building high-performing supply chains that are equitable, people-centered, resilient and sustainable. In a new Episode of Supply Chain Now: Supply Chain Leadership Across Africa...

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Jan 8, 2024   |   Blog Post

A Meeting of the Minds: Empowering Supply Chain Reform Champions

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb So much of my work as an advocacy professional is about bringing people together to create a collective voice for collective action. Last month, I...

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Jan 8, 2024   |   News

From ideas to implementation — outsourced logistics in Africa

From Angelina Cumba and Olivier Defawe / Devex: VillageReach transforms health care delivery so that each person has the health care needed to thrive.

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Nov 14, 2023   |   Blog Post

Opinion: From ideas to implementation — outsourced logistics in Africa

Originally posted on Devex.  Donors are investing in integrating local private sector resources into public health supply chains. VillageReach’s Outsourced Transport Resource Center aims to put the theory of outsourced supply chain logistics into practice. No one wants to reinvent the wheel. Especially with...

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Oct 11, 2022   |   Blog Post

Outsourced transport improves health care delivery across Inhambane

Point of care starts at the primary health center, where the patient and the health care worker meet. But for many communities in Inhambane Province, in the south of Mozambique, that point of care is harder to reach than for other Mozambicans. This is...

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Apr 26, 2022   |   Blog Post

Public and Private Sector Sector Collaboration in Mozambique at the 8th CTA Economic Briefing

Adapted from the original post on LinkedIn. Beira, Mozambique (27th April 2022) – The CTA (Confederação das Associações Económicas de Moçambique/Confederation of Mozambican Trade Associations) held its 8th Economic Briefing, with the participation of private sector firms from all over the country. The government...

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Jan 19, 2017   |   Blog Post

Combining Sectors, Partners and Products for Last Mile Impact

Collaboration is at the heart of a unique public-private initiative to increase availability for a range of health products in Mozambique. Tete provincial health authorities, Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), and VillageReach have partnered with the private sector company Confianca Absoluta to bring HIV medicines,...

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Sep 9, 2016   |   Blog Post

Outsourcing Transport and Logistics in Global Health

Reposted from Next Billion Vehicle graveyards are an all-too-common sight for those of us who work in global health. These long-forgotten vehicles serve as reminders to the underlying obstacles faced by transport systems throughout Africa. Routine maintenance required to keep cars, trucks and motorcycles...

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Background

Based on the organizational value of radical collaboration, the OTRC provides technical assistance services and information to governments, private sector and implementing partners to integrate outsourced transport into public health supply chains. Through leveraging private sector capacity in outsourced transport (both land and drone transport) African governments can strengthen their supply chain and ensure products are available when and where they are needed. The OTRC provides resources for stakeholders interested in outsourcing as well as provides of outsourcing services including:

    1. Exploration & Set-up: With these services governments and partners will be ready to start implementation with cost competitive contract with 4PLs/3PLs/drone airlines and it has an understanding of resources and skills necessary for managing sustainable outsourced transport.
    2. Implementation: With these services governments have the tools, people and processes in place for successful implementation.
    3. Management: With these services governments have the skills and tools to manage the implementation of outsourced transport and consistently achieve performance targets.
    4. Verification: With these services governments understand and have in place the verification process, standard operating procedures and tools to independently implement outsourced transport sustainability and monitor its quality.

Contact us at otrc@villagereach.org

UPDATE:  Complete the perception survey on outsourcing in public health supply chains now. HAVE YOUR SAY

Latest OTRC Resources

Report  |  2024

Service Level Agreements – Enhancing collaboration between the public and private sectors

Tool  |  2024

Outsourced Transport Resource Center Services Sheet

Tool  |  2024

OTRC Infographic

Presentation  |  2024

Building Health Supply Chains for the Future: Opportunities for Private Sector

Fact Sheet  |  2024

Outsourcing Perceptions Survey 2024 Flyer

Presentation  |  2023

Drones for Health: Speeding up Lab Sample Transport – ASLM Conference (Dec 2023)

Report  |  2023

Malawi drones for health randomised control trial: Baseline report

Report  |  2023

SAPICS Year End E-Zine 2023

Presentation  |  2023

Utilization of Local Private Transporters – CPHIA 2023, Nov 2023

Report  |  2023

Optimizing Specimen Referral in Mozambique with Drones

Tool  |  2023

Integrating Outsourced Transport: Supply Chain Toolbox Infographic

Presentation  |  2023

Outsourced Transport Resource Center – General Presentation (Oct 2023)

Research  |  2023

Health Product Integration – A Critical Enabler for Outsourcing Transport

Report  |  2023

A Cost Management Approach: Sustainable Outsourced Transport Solutions

Report  |  2023

Lessons learned in the transportation of healthcare products by drones

Take the OTRC Perception Survey

The Outsourced Transport Resource Center aims to enhance your comprehension of stakeholder perspectives on outsourcing transportation and warehousing in the public health supply chain to private sector transporters. These stakeholders include government officials, professionals from private sector logistics firms, as well as donors and implementing partners in your country. Gaining an understanding of these stakeholders’ perceptions is crucial for the effective implementation of an integrated and fit-for-purpose approach to outsourced transport and warehousing. By aligning with stakeholders, sustainable solutions for outsourcing transportation can be achieved.

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