Contraceptive security and an integrated supply chain

Tim Rosche, USAID DELIVER Project
Leslie Patykewich, USAID DELIVER Project
Paul Dowling
Suzy Sacher, USAID DELIVER Project

As countries move from vertical supply chains to integrated systems, particularly integrated supply chains for essential medicines, specific challenges and opportunities are created for contraceptive security. A strong integrated supply chain can help ensure contraceptive security more efficiently, with greater cost-effectiveness, and overall performance than a vertical supply chain. A major goal is to ensure that contraceptive security remains part of integrated public sector supply chains and that it contributes to overall system strengthening. As supply chains are integrated, stakeholders should understand that ensuring contraceptive security does not mean recreating vertical supply chains. A contraceptive security approach – which includes a holistic view of supply chain management including policy and finance, a multisectoral approach, and strategic planning – can serve as an entry point and foundation for commodity security for essential medicines as the example of Tanzania shows.

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Presented in Poster Session 2