Author Archives: hbrack

Responding to limited-resource realities in Malawi with a low-cost Modified Re-supply Worksheet Tool

  In Nkhotakota, Nsanje, and Kasungu districts in Malawi, District Product Availability Teams (DPATs) meet monthly to assess their performance around improving product availability at community level, thanks to the Ministry of Health and SC4CCM Enhanced Management intervention. The Enhanced … Continue reading

Highlights from the ORS Symposium of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting

  On November 11-15, 2012 the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene brought together clinicians, scientists, and global organizations to discuss global healthcare, tropical medicine, and control and prevention of infectious and other diseases. … Continue reading

SC4CCM Observes World Pneumonia Day

In 2011, 1.2 million children under five died from pneumonia — more than the number claimed each year by AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Pneumonia affects children around the globe, but it is particularly devastating in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Every … Continue reading

Pulling and Pushing – Getting products into patients’ hands

There is a lot of misplaced emotion associated with the terms pulling versus pushing of health care commodities. When we envision a health care worker who has pulled commodities we usually think of an empowered spunky health worker who has the right information on his consumption trends and the right tools at hand to calculate his order… Continue reading

Making quantification reviews part of the annual process: a recent success story from Malawi

I recently returned from Malawi where the project participated in a quantification review for the CCM program organized by the MOH. It was organized as a two and a half day workshop where stakeholders reviewed the inputs to the annual quantification… Continue reading

cStock and Enhanced Management help health centre improve HSA performance

Supervisor for Mpepa Health Centre, Kasungu, Malawi The Supervisor for Mpepa Health Centre in Kasungu Malawi is a leader in encouraging HSAs to use cStock in a timely way. He describes his experience using the technology by saying, “We have … Continue reading

IPLS training is instrumental to HEWs bringing sustainable supply chain solutions at primary health care units in Ethiopia

Alemu G/giorgis, Rahiya Health Center, Tigray Ethiopia “It was always my dream to have a contribution through my profession to minimize wastage and avoid stock outs of pharmaceuticals. The IPLS for HEWs TOT I received is comprehensive in that you … Continue reading

A model for creativity in overcoming logistics challenges

Petro Muonja, HSA, Nsanje Malawi As a Health Surveillance Assistant (HSA) Petro Muonja serves a community comprising of 7 villages in Nsanje district in south Malawi. His contribution to the Ministry of Health’s child health goals in Malawi include assessing … Continue reading

Supply Chain Ready Lessons Improve Skills

Letebirhan Teklay, Health Extension Worker, Ethiopia “By now I am capable of managing products by myself in an organized way and I have learnt that simple tools can solve big challenges. I have acquired relevant knowledge and skills on IPLS … Continue reading

Why Pediatric CCM products?

CCM protocols advise community health workers on how to treat children from two months to five years of age for the most common illnesses. Whereas other programs attempt to increase access to products for an affected population, usually adults or adults and adolescents, this program is focused just on infants and… Continue reading