OpenLMIS Deployment in Malawi Enhances Health Commodity Data Collection .

Technical Brief | May 31, 2019

With the assistance of USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, Malawi’s Ministry of Health found a sustainable and scalable software solution in using OpenLMIS version 3.0. Now, the Ministry more efficiently collects essential health commodity logistics data nationwide.

Overtime, the Malawi Ministry of Health began to realize the impracticality of its outdated Supply Chain Manager (SCMgr) software, a stand-alone Microsoft Access-based application installed in 33 data entry sites, to collect essential health commodity logistics data nationwide. In February 2017, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project and the Malawi Ministry of Health convened an in-country steering committee tasked with establishing a plan to implement OpenLMIS version 3.0. After installation, OpenLMIS version 3.0 provided Malawi with a robust, expandable solution that offered an enhanced web-based platform, facilitated real-time data visibility at the national level, supported central administration and monitoring functionality, and established a more responsive ordering process.