Preparing for the New Normal: Adapting Health Supply Chains to COVID-19 and Beyond

COVID-19 has caused major disruptions to health supply chains around the world. During this webinar, a diverse panel of experts shared their insights on crucial considerations governments, aid agencies, and implementing partners must take in the following areas: 1) Adjusting countries’ procurement processes to respond to the stresses to global supply chains brought on by…

Increasing Youth Engagement in the Public Health Supply Chain Workforce

This webinar, presented at SAPICS 2020, discusses inclusion of youth-centered programming across global health supply chains. Panelists highlight the importance of workforce training programs that combine skills development with on-the-job training and support. Panelists share their experiences from various global health supply chain projects, highlighting the benefits of youth capacity building when enhancing supply chain…

Supply Chain Integration in Malawi: Strengthening National Ownership of Supply Chains

The Malawi Supply Chain Integration project works in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and its stakeholders to integrate Malawi’s parallel supply chains by embedding a Project Management Team (PMT) at the Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST). The project’s primary goal is to assist the MOH in building a patient-centered national health commodity supply…

Benin’s Young Logisticians Professional Program

To address the challenges associated with retaining trained and qualified health systems staff in Benin, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain-Technical Assistance Francophone Task Order (GHSC-TA Francophone TO) project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH), launched the Young Logistician Professionals Program (YLPP) in 2018. YLPP recruits and trains young professionals to manage and…

Tragic but Not Unique: Maternal Death in a Rural Clinic

At 1 a.m., Winnie, the midwife at a small health clinic in a rural town in Uganda, was startled awake when the security guard from the clinic pounded on her door—a woman had arrived in labor. When Winnie arrived at the facility, she was surprised to see Clara, a young woman expecting her first baby…

Barry Chovitz

Barry Chovitz has almost 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical supply chain management, working as a director or deputy director for supply chain projects in Tanzania, Namibia, and Mozambique. Mr. Chovitz has participated in a variety of supply chain management technical activities including strategy development, preparing annual work plans and budgets, designing supply chain distribution,…

Emergency Supply Chain Preparedness and Response

In 2017, Chemonics joined the Global Health Security Agenda, a partnership of nearly 50 nations, international organizations, and non-governmental stakeholders, to help countries better prepare for pandemic and epidemic outbreaks. Research has shown that planning for and investing in emergency preparedness in advance – and building resilient supply chains – reduces the amount of response funds…

Recommendations for a Diverse, Sustained Health Workforce

There are simply not enough health workers to meet the basic health needs of all people worldwide. This prevents development practitioners from contributing to higher-performing health systems, as we struggle to make the most with the health professionals we have available, who are often concentrated in urban areas, working in professional silos, and failing to…

What Do Women Want? Clean Toilets in Healthcare Facilities

White Ribbon Alliance launched the global What Women Want campaign in 2018. The alliance asked 1.2 million women and girls from 114 countries, “What is your one request for quality reproductive and maternal healthcare services?” Their answers surprised many. Second only to respectful and dignified care, women asked for improved access to water, sanitation, and…