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Webinar: Addressing Data Governance for Locally-Led Health Supply Chains .

Event | May 5, 2022

On Thursday, May 5, 2022 we hosted a Global Digital Development Forum satellite session on the challenges and best practices surrounding data governance for locally-led health supply chains.

Led by moderator Simon Cole, GHSC-PSM Distribution Center Logistics Director, the panelists explored data stakeholders in local supply chains as they discussed data ownership, data sharing, and the challenges to obtaining good data in low- and middle-income countries. The session shed light on master data and data harmonization efforts in different country contexts, including efforts like serialization, Global Trade Identification Numbers (GTINs) and stock-keeping unit (SKUs). Through exploring examples of effective collaboration between data stakeholders, the panelists shared insights on data use and ownership, including how they built trust and buy-in with stakeholders.



Simon Cole, GHSC-PSM Zambia Distribution Center Logistics Director, Chemonics International 

Simon Cole is an alumni of Manchester university and a seasoned health supply chain professional. He brings 35 years of health supply chain experience in both the private (Merck & Co inc., Aspen Global Inc., Durex, Seton Scholl and condomi) and public sector (Crown Agents, MSH, JSI, Imperial Health and Chemonics). Mr. Cole has experience working in over 25 countries building human infrastructure and system capacity to support supply chains in supply planning, manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution.




Jean Baptiste Byiringiro, Chief Information Officer, Rwandan Ministry of Health

Jean Baptiste Byiringiro is the Chief Digital Officer in the Rwanda Ministry of Health (MoH). He joined the MoH in 2010 tasked with managing and strengthen e-health systems. Since his appointment to the position, he has led the design, development, and implementation of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) at the national level and coordinated various e-health solutions across all health sector levels. Most recently, he coordinated the health sector digitalization of the Rwanda Biomedical Centre where he led a national technical team in planning and implementing the Health Management Information System (RHMIS). Mr. Byiringiro has master’s degree in information technology from Madras University.


Violet Ketani, GHSC-PSM Global Standards Specialist, IBM

Violet brings 14 years of experience in health system strengthening of U.S. Federal Government contracts including for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Defense, and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as private sector clients. Ms. Ketani has demonstrated experience in leading projects in the areas of health supply chain, strategic information, data governance and management and policy. Currently serving as the Global Standards Technical Specialist under USAID GHSC-PSM where she effectively leads a full range of programmatic and technical processes that supports the implementation of GS1 Healthcare Standards for pharmaceutical traceability in USAID supported countries.  She holds an MPA from Indiana University with implementation experience in Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia.


Tesfaye Seifu, GHSC-PSM Ethiopia Country Director, Chemonics International

Tesfaye Seifu is a country director for the USAID-funded Global Health Supply Chain-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Ethiopia. He has over 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical supply chains and has made a significant contribution to the implementation of an integrated pharmaceutical logistics system in Ethiopia. Tesfaye has advanced degrees in pharmaceutics and business administration.