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Integrated RMNCH Dashboards

August 31, 2016
Integrated RMNCH Dashboards

Technology, People & Processes: Enabling Successful HMIS/LMIS Integrations

August 31, 2016
Technology, People & Processes: Enabling Successful HMIS/LMIS Integrations

This UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities report discusses the integrated HMIS/LMIS Dashboard pilots in Senegal and Tanzania. The report provides case studies and lessons learned from these integrations.

Project Summaries

HMIS/LMIS Integrated Dashboard Pilot

As a member of the Supply Chain Technical Resource Team of the UN Commission for Life Saving Commodities (UNCoLSC) for Women & Children, VillageReach is coordinated and supported the implementation of HMIS/LMIS Integrated Dashboard Pilots in Senegal and Tanzania in partnership with Dimagi, JSI, University of Oslo,  University of Dar es Salaam, and HISP West Africa. The primary objective of this project is to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of centralizing data from HMIS (DHIS2) and LMIS (CommCare Supply in Senegal and OpenLMIS in Tanzania) into a single platform. The goal of HMIS/LMIS dataset unification is to facilitate in-country decision making and improve supply chain efficiency and performance…

UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children

VillageReach is a leading member of the Supply and Local Markets Technical Reference Group of the commission. VillageReach is supporting the documentation and dissemination of supply chain best practices for UN Commission focus countries and donors interested in strengthening in-country supply chains…

Publications

Promising Practices in Supply Chain Management: Series Overview

VillageReach

Promising Practices in Supply Chain Management: Series Overview provides a series of briefs intended for ministries of health, their partners and anyone who is interested in public health supply chains with guidance on how to address barriers countries face in quantification, procurement, warehousing, distribution, service delivery & utilization, data management, and human resources. VillageReach contributed significantly to the research and writing of this document through our participation on the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women’s and Children’s Health. View all of the briefs in the Promising Practices in Supply Chain Management Series- PDF (149 pages)

Private Sector Engagement Guidance Document (updated)

January 19, 2016
United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodites, Technical Reference Team on Private Sector Engagement

Through work with the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, VillageReach has taken the lead on developing this Private Sector Engagement Guidance Document. Through a collaborative process, it has been developed to provide guidance to stakeholders on identifying opportunities where public and private sector parties can work together to increase access to high quality life-saving commodities and the process for engagement to ensure a productive and smooth process for all parties involved. Download the Guide Here.

Blog

CCPF is a Driver of Transformative Initiative in Malawi

VillageReach and the Malawi Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) received a prestigious award from The National Planning Commission (NPC) recognizing Chipatala Cha Pa Foni (CCPF) or “Health Center by Phone” as a Transformative Initiative for the country. CCPF is a toll-free health hotline in Malawi that creates a link between the health center and remote communities. CCPF is staffed by trained health workers who provide information and referrals over the phone. Originally only operating in one district, the hotline is now nationwide and being integrated into the Malawian health system.

The NPC , who is forming the development plans for Malawi and oversees their implementation, hailed the VillageReach partnership with the MoHP and other stakeholders for the development and implementation of CCPF. The award is testimony of VillageReach’s work with the government to solve health care delivery challenges in Malawian communities, particularly through encouraging the use of technology in reaching communities with health information services.

The award was presented at the launch of the National Envisioning Process by the State President of Malawi, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika. The National Envisioning Consultation is the official platform to launch the processes to develop a New Vision that defines the common…

Two Geeks and a Summer of Code!

Reposted from Rails Girls Summer of Code.
Who, us?
Hola! We are Protichi Basak and Nikita Gupta, fresh Computer Science graduates from IIIT-Delhi, India. And if you were to believe our batchmates, we were amongst the nerdiest girls there (something which gives us more pride than embarrassment for some reason). 😛 Although we have known each other for four years, our friendship feels like decades old already. It brings a smile to our faces every time we remember our first day, where every student was asked to introduce themselves to the entire batch, but Nikita used that opportunity to find her roommate Protichiinstead, for she found the name so unique! Being roommates from the very first day of college we have been partners in all craziness ever since. Yet we are poles apart. While Protichi is a trilingual, hardcore fish-lover hailing from the lands of Bengal, Nikita is a strict vegetarian from North India mad about Rajasthani folk and food!

Our passion to learn new technologies and use them to solve real world issues has driven us this far and has brought us together to make a great team! And this is how we came up with our…

OpenLMIS 3.0 Beta is Here!

Reposted from OpenLMIS

The OpenLMIS Community is pleased to announce the beta release of OpenLMIS 3.0!
The initial offering to come out of the re-architecture effort for OpenLMIS, 3.0 Beta contains one slice of functionality, Requisitions, based on an all-new micro-service architecture. This release is the first to utilize the new architecture and is a strong step in the direction of “shared investment, shared benefit” that is the primary mission of the OpenLMIS Community. 3.0 Beta is a proof-of-concept for this architecture and is not a feature-complete release. It does not contain every feature that the eventual 3.0 OpenLMIS stable release will, and further features will be added to the system as we work toward the full 3.0 release scheduled for the end of February, 2017.
Please reference the Living Product Roadmap for the high-level estimated release schedule through version 3.3, and read the 3.0 Beta Release Notes for further details. Visit the OpenLMIS GitHub page to view the 3.0 Beta code repository.

Background
Early contributions to OpenLMIS by PATH, USAID, Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Commission on Life-Saving…

Drugs, Data & Dashboards: It’s Not So Simple

Simple ideas can be powerful – a point driven home during my recent trip to Uganda. While I was there, I had the opportunity to tour the Ugandan national medical stores, where medicines for the entire country are warehoused. The head of sales and marketing showed me how each and every commodity that the Government of Uganda procures is marked as a way to safeguard against theft. Every layer of packaging is embossed: “GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA. PUBLIC USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE.” Even individual tablets are marked “UG.” The government builds this requirement into its procurement contracts with suppliers. I walked away completely floored. What a simple yet brilliant idea to solve a persistent supply chain problem.

For the duration of my trip, I asked everyone I could: “Have you seen the marked drugs? What do you think? Is it working?” The answer was a little more complicated than I had hoped for: “Yes. But…” Most people agreed that marking the drugs did cut down on theft and there have been several high profile cases where the discovery of marked drugs for sale led to arrests. But more than anything, marking drugs didn’t completely stop theft, it just became easier…

2016: Time to Take Stock

BLOG: VillageReach commitment to eliminate stockouts via the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition take stock campaign.

International Perspectives on Strategies, Tools for Addressing Commodity Gaps

BLOG: A recap of lessons learned from the UNCoLSC “Workshop to Promote Exchange on Practices and Resources to Increase Access to the 13 Life-Saving Commodities for Women’s and Children’s Health” , organized by VillageReach

What I learned from Copenhagen #GHSCS 2014

One of the great benefits of these conferences is the opportunity to talk to people from different sectors all over the world and to learn about what other folks are doing to improve supply chain efficiencies. Some of the themes that emerged from the different presentations and conversations during the week…

Promising Practices in Supply Chain Management

I’m excited about this work because at VillageReach we believe that more rigorous evaluation of supply chain interventions and more transparent dissemination of results is vital to increasing access to medications to those who need them the most. Creating a body of evidence on what works, advocating that evidence-based practices be implemented, and learning from each other’s progress and each other’s challenges, is the best way to make sustainable change.

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