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The 6th Global Health Supply Chains Summit
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | November 18-November 20
Innovations in the Global Health Supply Chain:
Emerging Trends in Information, Coordination and Public/Private Partnerships
The 6th Global Health Supply Chain Summit (GHSCS) to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for three days , on November 18 till November the 20th., 2013, will focus on innovations in global health supply chains and explore emerging trends in information acquisition and sharing, coordination across stakeholders to improve efficiency and service and best practice ideas on public/private partnerships. The conference will assemble a collection of experts in the field - academics, country planners, NGOs, logistics practitioners and donor representatives to explore these topics. The three day conference will include two days of presentations and discussions from experts in the field and one day of training regarding best practice tools in supply chain management. Attendees will thus get access to both best practice results as well as “how-to” ideas for implementation in their respective contexts.
With the emergence of smartphones across Africa, novel schemes to monitor inventory, understand disease spread, remote diagnosis, mobil health and tracking pharmaceutical fidelity are enabling improved service at lower costs. This trend suggests greater coverage and improved tracking spurred by adoption of these technologies. Economic development across Africa has demonstrated the success of private companies in orchestrating supply chains reaching the remotest locations. As a result, successful cases describing public/private partnerships, suggest tools and policies for supply chain operation amidst challenging environments. Coordination across stakeholders across the supply chain requires learning from the management techniques practiced by successful NGOs and donors – the balancing of financial and drug flows to enable successful treatment of disease. This conference will highlight all of these topics.
The Summit will thus provide a forum for attendees to learn from the community of global health care supply chain experts. Challenges in dealing with health care remain urgent, but the adoption of innovative practices, technologies and coordinating agreements provides hope for a brighter future.