Interagency Supply Chain Group Position Paper 14-12-2016
The Interagency Supply Chain Group focuses specifically on supply chain issues. It includes, (but is not limited to) Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, Global Affairs Canada, Gavi, German Development Bank, the Global Drug Facility, NORAD, TGF, UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, the World Bank Group, the World Food Programme and the World Health Organisation.
The purpose of this group is to provide better coordinated and more effective support to country efforts in ensuring sustainable access to high quality essential health commodities for beneficiaries regardless of where they live. In line with an end-to-end supply chain approach, the group will also work to coordinate global-level efforts where appropriate. This group includes (but is not limited to) Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, Global Affairs Canada, Gavi, German Development Bank, the Global Drug Facility, NORAD, TGF, UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, WBG, WFP, WHO
This position paper underpins the Joint Vision Statement of the group’s members.
It identifies critical thematic priorities that need to be taken forward urgently. Initial steps should first and foremost be rooted in coordinated action to improve operational efficiency of supply chains at the country-level. These include addressing critical cross-cutting issues such as enhanced professionalization of human resources for supply chain management; furthering investments in logistics and health management information systems to better inform procurement, forecasting and real-time problem identification; a continued focus on innovations to improve last-mile delivery such as ‘informed push’, direct delivery, distribution augmentation.