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October 2018  |  Issue 4 

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F E A T U R E   S T O R Y Feature
PFSCM strengthens commitment to sustainability by participating in UN Global Compact

The  Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM)  is pleased to announce that we have been accepted as participant in the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, the  United Nations (UN) Global Compact .

The mission of the  UN Global Impact is to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders that share the vision and mission to create a better world for all.

The initiative encourages companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on  human rightslabourenvironment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance  societal goals.

PFSCM director  Richard Owens  says PFSCM is proud to be associated with such a commendable global initiative.

S E R V I C E   S P O T L I G H T :   S O U R C E   Spotlight
Co-authored PFSCM paper in the benefits of local sourcing and supplier development published  

PFSCM is pleased to announce that our co-authored report on the   positive effects of local sourcing and supplier development has been published   in the esteemed open-access, peer-reviewed, online journal    Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP) , which is aimed at improving health practice, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

The report which was co-authored by Prashant Yadav, Sarah Alps, Clinton de Souza, Gordon Comstock and Iain Barton, shows that after doing business with the   President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief's (PEPFAR) global procurement and distribution project for essential HIV/AIDS medicines and suppliers; suppliers achieved revenue and asset growth, improved their quality standards, acquired new contracts with other businesses, and hired more employees.

From 2006 to 2014, the  Supply Chain Management System (SCMS), the global procurement and distribution project for PEPFAR, distributed over $1.6 billion worth of antiretroviral drugs and other health commodities, with over $263 million purchased from local vendors in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
A simple framework was developed and 39 local suppliers from 4 countries were interviewed between 2013 and 2014 to understand how SCMS local sourcing impacted supplier development.

SCMS local suppliers reported  new contracts with other businesses (77%),  new assets acquired (67%),  increased access to capital from local lending institutions (75%),  offering more products and services (92%), and  ability to negotiate better prices from their principles (80%). Additionally, 70% of the businesses hired between 1 and 30 new employees after receiving their first SCMS contract and 15% hired between 30 and 100 new employees.

This study offers preliminary guidance on how bilateral and multilateral agencies could design effective local sourcing programs to create sustainable local markets for selected pharmaceutical products, laboratory, and transport services.

P U B L I C  H E A L T H  E V E N T S Events
Join PFSCM at the 11th GHSC Summit in Zambia to learn more about supply chain visibility!

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 30, 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia.

In 2018, PFSCM will present for a fourth consecutive year; this time focusing on L inking 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:
  1. Increasing transparency for all stakeholders (donors, governments) through improved shipment and inventory visibility.
  2. Improving supply chain performance by reducing stockouts, reducing overall lead-times, and proactively managing freight costs.
  3. Enabling public health supply chains to achieve private sector performance levels.

Read more about PFSCM's presentation and the importance of integration and visibility in public health supply chains. Also meet our presenter, PFSCM Head of Freight and Logistics, Ishmael Muchemenyi...

S U P P L Y   L I N E S   B L O G Blog
"Red Zone" happens every year and matters for humanitarian supply chains... here's what to do about it

What is the Red Zone? What does it mean for public health organizations and what can be done to manage it?