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Q & A: Making Data-driven Supply Chain Decisions

Q & A: Making Data-driven Supply Chain Decisions

The USAID Electronic Supply Chain Management Information System (eSCMIS) project is improving information availability for supply chain managers at all levels, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s...

Expiry Tracking: An Essential Tool for Pharmacists

Expiry Tracking: An Essential Tool for Pharmacists

“You know that field in the electronic logistics management system (eLMIS) Facility Edition (FE) that asks us to enter product batch numbers and expiries when the facility receives products? It has made tracking product expiries easier,” says Chisenga Mabeti, a...

Transition for sustainability: Deploying the eLMIS in Zambia

Transition for sustainability: Deploying the eLMIS in Zambia

A challenge for all development project is sustainability when they end. Zambia has over 2,600 health facilities, and the USAID Electronic Supply Chain Management Information System (eSCMIS) Project is responsible for supervising, deploying, and improving it...

Adapting Supply Chain Systems to an Emergency in Zambia

Adapting Supply Chain Systems to an Emergency in Zambia

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on health care systems and provision around the world. In Zambia, it necessitated changes in supply chain design and technology to handle the large-scale distribution of COVID-19-related products. Because it was a new disease,...

Evidence-based Decision Making for an Efficient Supply Chain

Evidence-based Decision Making for an Efficient Supply Chain

Zambia has made significant strides in establishing data-driven supply chain decision-making through the electronic logistics management information system (eLMIS). This software has been systematically implemented and collects high-quality data that is consumable at...

The “Buddy System” for Sustainable Supply Chain Management

The “Buddy System” for Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Moono Chilinda is a biomedical technologist from the Chama district in Muchinga province, Zambia. Moono owes his start in the Electronic Logistics Management Information System (eLMIS) to a Ministry of Health (MOH) apprenticeship dubbed the “buddy system” by the USAID...

Q+A: Introducing the USAID eSCMIS Project

Q+A: Introducing the USAID eSCMIS Project

A public health supply chain is a network of organizations or actors that ensures the availability of health commodities to the people who need them. A strong supply chain system is key to improving the quality of health services. The USAID Electronic Supply Chain...