Uganda Strengthening Supply Chain Systems Activity

Building a Lasting, Responsive System

Purposeful partnerships, strategic digitization, and technical acumen are the hallmarks of the SSCS Activity.

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Uganda’s 10-Year Roadmap for Success

Since implementation of the 10-year National Health Supply Chain Roadmap, launched by the Ugandan government with support from MSH, the country has taken significant steps forward to improve health outcomes for all Ugandans.

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Digitization for Improved Care

“Digital health can help improve health service delivery by simplifying procedures, enhancing transparency and accountability, and making available information and services to all stakeholders in an efficient and cost-effective manner.” — Uganda Ministry of Health Representative

Pharmacy staff at Mukono Health Centre in Uganda_ Photo credit MSH-2
Traceability and Accountability

“Supply chain mainstreaming is all about traceability. It’s not just the Ministry of Health’s job; it’s everyone’s responsibility. Medicines can only work if they get to the patient on time.” – Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Uganda Ministry of Health

Supply chain workers track inventory in a warehouse. Yumbe-Signalytic System Evaluation Visit
Innovation Leads the Way

Without the necessary physical infrastructure, digital systems quickly become redundant. Through its Innovation Lab, the SSCS team partnered with Signalytic to provide solar-power equipment to generate electricity in areas with little to no connectivity. This way, health care facilities can more reliably link to national health systems and provide better client care.

A Real-Time National Medical Stock Status Dashboard

A live, national medical stock dashboard equips health facilities with knowledge on stock status at the district, regional, and national levels. Digitizing medical stock reports minimizes stock status errors, shrinks comprehensive reporting timelines, and prevents drugs stockouts and overstocks before they happen.

Reducing Medicine Waste Saves Money and Lives

“By using the available data, we were able to move vaccines from facilities that could not use them before their use-by dates to facilities that had high consumption. This led to zero wastage in my district.” – Dr. Godfrey Buyinda, Kibuku, District Health Officer

Overview

The USAID-funded Uganda Strengthening Supply Chain Systems (SSCS) Technical Assistance Activity supports Uganda’s efforts to strengthen its health supply chain to increase availability and access to safe, quality-assured medicines and health supplies in public and private nonprofit health facilities. Further accelerating Uganda’s journey to self-reliance, SSCS will strengthen Uganda’s health system to more effectively combat infectious and non-communicable diseases and improve health services and outcomes for all Ugandan families and communities.

Following the successful implementation of the Uganda Health Supply Chain (UHSC) and Securing Ugandans’ Right to Essential Medicines (SURE) projects, SSCS builds upon nearly two decades of partnership with USAID and the Government of Uganda in strengthening the country’s pharmaceutical sector. Under SSCS, MSH will help Uganda improve the performance of key actors throughout the supply chain; advance transparent governance and effective, data-informed policies and regulations; and strengthen local capacity to promote self-reliance in managing a world-class supply chain. SSCS will also provide technical assistance to all US government partners—USAID, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Department of Defense (DOD)—operating at the subnational level and help to improve the capacity of central-level institutions and district-based entities, such as health offices, health facilities, and medical stores.

In implementing SSCS, MSH will partner with and build the capacity of two local Ugandan organizations: the Uganda Healthcare Federation (UHF) and Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE). These collaborators will gradually take on increased technical and management responsibilities as part of a deliberate strategy to promote local ownership and sustainability.

PharmaNet Newsletter—September 2023

This issue of the PharmaNet newsletter highlights the latest key interventions and perspectives on the digitization of Uganda’s health supply chain system. These include interventions and improvements in reporting by hospitals, scaling up utilization of the electronic logistics management information system, improving data visibility in private health facilities, COVID-19 vaccines supply chain digitization, and institutionalizing the 10-Year National Supply Chain Roadmap.