Zambia improves real-time tracking of vaccines, reduces stock outs

In Zambia, spreadsheets, paper registries and phone calls were once the only way for staff in the Ministry of Health, based in the capital Lusaka, to know if district and provincial health facilities and warehouses had adequate supply of vaccines. Since none of the supply registries were connected to the national warehouse, reporting was never timely.”It would often take days to reach someone on the phone and track-down each registry,” said Guissimon Phiri, Chief Logistician for the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in the Zambian Ministry of Health. “By the time we received the registries they were already out-of-date and inaccurate.” In search for a solution to track vaccines in real-time, the Zambian Ministry of Health and WHO decided to pilot a web-based logistic management information system in 34 facilities at the start of 2016.Through the web and mobile phones, the system allows supply chain managers in the country‚Äôs national, district and provincial vaccine warehouses and stores to monitor vaccine stocks, use, and expirations minute-by-minute. The system also monitors the cold chain to ensure vaccines are kept at the correct temperature at all times.

Source: ReliefWeb