When inefficient supply chain management results in stockouts of essential medicines at health facilities, it becomes complicated to treat and manage communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Poor and rural communities that depend on these facilities for health services and medicines are most affected. Stockouts also mean that an already strained health workforce spends time rationing or tracking drugs instead of caring for patients.
Inventory stock management by health workers are an important, but a time consuming task to ensure accurate and sufficient drug supply in rural areas.
Electronic tracking of medicines addressing key operational challenges at peripheral health facilities.
Applied ‘SMS for Life’ tablet based inventory reporting helps to close potential stock gaps by rapid distribution of disease surveillance information to district, regional, and national level management to support better disease management.
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