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.
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…
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