Analysis of challenges of medical supply chains in sub-Saharan Africa regarding inventory management and transport and distribution

This project thesis was written and prepared by Anna Schöpperle. The World Health Organization defines access to medicine as a priority for citizens, where a functioning medicine supply chain is necessary. This paper identifies challenges for  reliable medicine supply chains with effective in-country distribution systems  regarding the medicine availability due to inventory management and transport and distribution.

Projet de Transport, d’Agriculture et de Développement Intégré (TrAIDE – Transport, Agriculture and Integrated Development Project) ; Gestion de la chaîne logistique pour de petits exploitants agricoles et Recherche Formative pour des Coopératives

Cette étude de cas technique résume l’origine, la méthodologie et les conclusions d’un projet dont l’objectif était de mener une recherche formative sur la gestion de la chaîne logistique par de petits exploitants agricoles et des coopératives en Ethiopie.

Projet de recherche AFCAP : Une enquête sur le Rôle des Associations d’Opérateurs de Transport dans le Façonnement des Services de Transport en Zones Rurales en Afrique

Cette étude de cas technique résume l’origine, la méthodologie et les conclusions d’un projet de recherche sur le rôle des associations d’opérateurs de transport dans le  façonnement des services de transport en zones rurales en Afrique. Ce projet a comporté une recherche documentaire systématique, des entretiens et un atelier pour les parties concernées.

2013- “Advocacy and Stakeholder Sensitisation for a Maternal Health Programme in Nigeria”

2013- “Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) in Adamawa State, Nigeria (Advocacy and Stakeholder Sensitisation)”

This technical case study outlines the background, methodology and conclusions of the advocacy and stakeholder sensitisation activities that were part of the implementation of an Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) in Adamawa State, Northern Nigeria. This Emergency Transport Scheme aims to provide a means of transport for pregnant women during labour or emergencies that takes them to the nearest health facility using an existing transport system.

An Investigation into the Role of Transport Operator Associations in Shaping Transport Services in Africa’s Rural Areas

This final report contains the overall findings of the literature review, interviews and field research undertaken in order to investigate the role of transport operator associations in shaping transport services in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. This AFCAP-funded study explored the role of both public and private transport operator associations in influencing issues such as routing, scheduling and fare setting. The research also explored the role the associations play in shaping rural access as well as the influence they have regarding road safety issues and interaction with police, authorities and other relevant actors. It builds on AFCAP’s review of rural transport services. The literature review revealed that there is very little knowledge of how transport operator associations actually work in rural areas and what positive and negative effects they have on the operation of commercially viable rural transport services. The literature review and small field research study enabled some promising
practices to be identified that show potential for replication/scale up, including strengthening associations, supporting the creation of new associations, promoting cooperation between authorities and associations, mentoring schemes for small operators and capacity building opportunities. A number of specific future research areas and opportunities for demonstration projects have also been identified.