PFSCM is pleased to again be associated with the Global Health Supply Chain Summit, which has become known for its invaluable efforts in advancing global health supply chains. This year the GHSC Summit takes place from November 28 to 20, 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia.
In 2018, PFSCM will present for a fourth consecutive year; this time focusing on Linking global and in-country supply chain visibility through new and integrated technologies.
The theme of this year’s summit is Accelerating Global Health Supply Chain Excellence: Better Supply Chain System Design, Innovative Financing for Health and New Technologies and Integrated Information Systems.
In line with this theme, PFSCM will demonstrate how new technologies are:
- Increasing transparency for all stakeholders (donors, governments) through improved shipment and inventory visibility.
- Improving supply chain performance by reducing stockouts, reducing overall lead-times, and proactively managing freight costs.
- Enabling public health supply chains to achieve private sector performance levels.
Data integration and visibility challenges can be attributed to various factors. These challenges are hard to overcome using traditional IT infrastructure systems such as linking IT systems on a one-to-one electronic data interchange. A modern integrated digital platform is needed to capture critical supply chain information and to connect stakeholders to the information.
Innovations such as modern supply chain Control Towers can aid in improving the real-time visibility of the global and in-country supply chain.
In this regard, PFSCM has recently started deploying a next-generation Control Tower that features new technologies which enable executions such as consumption rate prediction, vendor delay and stockout management, shipment tracking, and stakeholder collaboration on one platform.
These functions, among others, make critical information available to stakeholders and bridges the gap between global and in-country supply chains. Using the information, stakeholders can make data-driven decisions quicker and easier, ultimately improving supply chain performance by forecasting more accurately, reducing stockouts and wastage and reacting to vendor and shipment delays in real-time as they occur.
In conclusion, a digital network Control Tower provides public health supply chain stakeholders with real-time information needed to make decisions for optimal management that, ultimately, result in better health outcomes and patient care.
Ishmael Muchemenyi -PFSCM Head of Freight and Logistics
Ishmael has 25 years’ experience managing private and public health supply chains across 60 countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, America, Europe and the Middle East.
Ish joined PFSCM in 2013, as the Freight and Logistics Unit Lead, and has played an instrumental leadership role in transforming and innovating operations in close collaboration with donors and recipient countries.
Passionate about sustainability through local ownership, process improvement and cost optimization, Ish most recently accepted a position on the board of trustees of a UK-based NGO, Transaid
Founded by Save the Children, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and its Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, the international development organisation shares transport expertise with partners and governments in Africa to empower people to build the skills they need to transform their own lives.