World Health Organization
The purpose of the Interagency Supply Chain Group (ISG) is to provide better coordinated and more effective support to country efforts in ensuring sustainable access to high quality essential health commodities for beneficiaries regardless of where they live. In line with an end-to-end supply chain approach, the group works to coordinate global and country-level efforts where appropriate. The group currently comprise of policy and funding bodies including, DFID GAVI, German Development Bank, Global Affairs Canada, Global Drug Facility, Norad, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Global Fund, The World Bank, UNICEF, UNFPA, USAID WHO and World Food Program.
This Interagency Supply Chain Group has come to an agreement on several fronts. This includes the development of a Joint Vision Statement; broad agreement to focus on in-country supply chains as a priority; the initiation of coordinated Interagency supply chain efforts in Ethiopia, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Critical thematic priorities that need to be taken forward urgently include addressing critical cross-cutting issues such as enhanced professionalization of human resources for supply chain management; furthering investments in logistics and health management information systems to better inform procurement, forecasting and real-time problem identification; a continued focus on innovations to improve last-mile delivery such as ‘informed push’, direct delivery, distribution augmentation (i.e. mixed fleet, unmanned aerial system (UAS)), and voucher systems, and; exploring management and systems-design innovations such as performance-based financing. A second set of upstream activities relate to efforts to strengthen supply chain strategy. This includes country-led processes to develop forward-looking operational plans for supply chain management, and the prototyping of innovations that examine system efficiencies with the aim of informing national responses to current and future supply chain challenges.