Webinar: Addressing the Urgency of Data-Driven Supply Chains in LMICs.

Event | July 14, 2021

On Wednesday, July 14, 2021 we hosted a panel webinar on how data for decision-making can strengthen health supply chains in low- and middle- income countries.

As highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, data visibility for decision-making has moved from being “nice to have” to “essential” for global health supply chains. Visibility of commodity status from the top of the supply chain all the way down to the service delivery point or even the patient is critical to the resiliency of supply chains for all health areas such as HIV/AIDs, malaria, family planning/reproductive health, and maternal and child health.

Our panelists reflected on a roadmap for the global health community to build adequate data management, enhance visibility, and strengthen collaboration based on their own perspectives from the public and private sectors, both in-country and globally. 

Panelists

Bernard Amassay, Deputy Director, Logistics and Warehousing, Ghana Health Service

Bernard Asamany is the Deputy Director of Logistics and Warehousing for the Ghana Health ServiceHe provides technical leadership and management to all supply chain systems strengthening in the public health sector in Ghana, including the rollout and optimization of the Ghana Integrated Logistics Management Information System (GhiLMIS) as well as a modelled emergency distribution system using aerial network systems (i.e., drones) to ship medical and non-medical products to hard-to-reach areas across Ghana.  

Lindabeth Doby, Senior MIS Advisor, USAID Bureau for Global Health

Lindabeth Doby is a supply chain information system expert and advisor focused on global health, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. She has experience promoting the use of data standards and master data management, based on GS1 Healthcare standards, in order to enable data exchange from manufacturers all the way down to country health facilities. She has work with colleagues in countries across Africa and Europe to encourage greater data visibility and data use for decision making across the supply chain. She holds a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the George Washington University and an MBA from William & Mary. She is also an APICS-certified Supply Chain Professional.  

Martin Holme, Vice President, Global Head of Lead Logistics, Maersk

Martin Holme has more than 20 years of experience in logistics and supply chain. He is responsible for Product Management and Product Development for the Lead Logistics product family at Maersk, partnering with customers to co-create, optimize, continuously improve, and globally orchestrate and operate their supply chains to achieve improved performance and deliver value. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the KelloggHong Kong University of Science and Technology. Martin has lived and worked in six countries across three continents and currently resides in Singapore. 

Jef Imans, Strategic Advisor for Health Supply Chain, Procurement and Logistics Technology Center, Chemonics International

Jef Imans has over 20 years of experience in logistics and supply chain management, government relations and advocacy, and humanitarian interventions. He has held several senior management positions in Europe and Africa in both the private and public sectors, including as the Ivory Coast country director for the USAID Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) project and the supply chain and logistics director for the Global Fund’s Pooled Procurement MechanismIn his current role, he provides thought leadership and strategic input, supporting the product portfolio for in-country procurement and logistics services, and defining functional requirements for Chemonics’ Procurement and Logistics Technology Center.   

Max Kabalisa, Country Director, Nepal, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management, Chemonics International

Max Kabalisa has more than 17 years of experience in pharmaceutical supply chain management for public health programsCurrentlyhe is the Country Director for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain ProgramProcurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Nepal and previously served as the GHSC-PSM Technical Director in Rwanda, where he oversaw the implementation of the electronic logistics management information (eLMIS), GS1 strategy, and ERP implementation. He also supported health system strengthening initiatives such as quality management improvement, multi month prescriptions for HIV programs, and health information system improvements such as e-Health and eLMIS-DHIS2 integration. Mr. Kabalisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science in Bangalore, India, a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Rwanda, and a MiniMasters in supply chain management from Arizona State University.  

Ramesh Rajeswaran, Vice President, Procurement and Logistics Technology Center, Chemonics International

Ramesh Rajeswaran is currently a vice president supporting Chemonics’ strategic investment in the Procurement and Logistics Technology Center and is leading the establishment of the Africa Procurement and Logistics Center. He is a seasoned supply chain leader with more than 20 years of consulting experience across multiple industries in the areas of strategic sourcing, procurement, logistics, inventory management, operations strategy, and management. He has held various roles on the USAID GHSC-PSM project, where he served as the project’s procurement and logistics director for global supply chain. Mr. Rajeswaran holds a bachelor’s degree in production engineering from the University of Madras in India, a master’s degree in industrial management from Clemson University, and an executive MBA from INSEAD in France.