Improving supply chain efficiencies through improved data visibility in Ethiopia

1 March 2017

Improving supply chain efficiencies through improved data visibility in Ethiopia

AIDSFree, JSI, UNFPA and Ethiopia’s Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA) are working together to increase data visibility for improved availability of medicines in Ethiopia.
 
By including procurement and shipping data in their Health Commodity Management Information System (HCMIS) dashboards, PFSA can make better decisions and improve medicine availability and reduce waste. HCMIS is the PFSA’s logistics management information system developed and implemented by JSI under the USAID DELIVER PROJECT and now continuing under AIDSFree.
 
A significant milestone in this work was reached recently: AIDSFree, PFSA and UNFPA worked together so that UNFPA procurement data from their information system is automatically synced with HCMIS. UNFPA is a significant supplier to PFSA of contraceptives and other maternal and child health medicines. Now, when UNFPA places an order for Ethiopia, the information is updated automatically on HCMIS so PFSA knows ahead of time what is coming from UNFPA. And because it is captured automatically, there are no errors from “manual” data entry. 
 
This work brings PFSA a step closer to a goal of end to end supply chain visibility, meaning data visibility from manufacturer all the way down to point of use. 
Screen capture from HCMIS showing UNFPA Purchase Order information,
directly taken from the UNFPA information system