inSupply Health is pleased to announce a new project to transform public health supply chains powered by a strong professionalized workforce. The Workforce Development in Public Health Supply Chains project will improve the effectiveness, sustainability, and resilience of public health supply chains for essential medicines and supplies in East Africa and beyond.

While national health supply chains have made tremendous gains in their maturity, some still lack the transformational capacity to lead, manage, and sustain resilient supply chains required to achieve national universal health goals and withstand global disruptions such as COVID.

Through this project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, inSupply will seek and advocate to professionalize the supply chain workforce and shape the culture for more robust supply and demand planning and supply chain visibility.

inSupply’s long term vision is one in which local supply chain actors in East Africa and beyond have the agency and capacity to lead, manage and sustain resilient and people-centered supply chains that meet diverse and evolving health needs of communities and result in better health outcomes. We are excited to partner with Ministries of Health and our key stakeholders across a variety of sectors to bring about this change together.

Yasmin Chandani, CEO

The project focuses on gender intentionality and social inclusion, ensuring women and other marginalized populations are better represented in the supply chain workforce, including leadership positions. With strengthened supply chain management skills and expertise, enhanced data equity, visibility and use through more effective processes and tools, these populations can help shape the markets and product journeys to better meet their and their community’s needs and preferences, leading to improved outcomes.

The Workforce Development in Public Health Supply Chains project will operate primarily in East Africa, specifically in Kenya and Tanzania, and will actively seek to share and promote uptake of global goods. inSupply will seek partnerships with 2-3 countries in the region to expand its reach and impact by sharing project learnings, resources, and tools. The project will shape how supply chains are conceived and implemented and technical assistance is delivered to improve the performance of public health supply chains for essential medicines.

inSupply is uniquely positioned to support this transformation through our strong relationships at national and subnational levels and our people-centered and context-specific approach for achieving foundational change at the user and system levels.

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