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Strong Supply Chains Save Lives

We are pleased to share the second issue of Strong Supply Chains Save Lives, a semi-annual newsletter featuring the latest projects and ideas from JSI's Center for Health Logistics.  

This issue focuses on adapting private sector innovations for public health and how we help clients scale and sustain those innovations. We share a cutting-edge analysis on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for health and lessons on how to implement visibility and analytics network (VAN) approaches. Also included is a story from Indonesia, where the government has decided to pay for and scale successful supply chain innovations.

We hope you enjoy this issue of the newsletter. 


Edward Wilson
Director, Health Logistics
Supporting Smart Design of UAV Systems
Supporting Smart Design of UAV Systems
inSupply, JSI's regional supply chain consulting center in East Africa, in partnership with Llamasoft and the Nichols Group, recently examined the potential for using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to deliver life-saving and other commodities within a public health system. We looked at the cost-effectiveness of UAVs versus a motorcycle-based system and other well-run forms of land transport. Read more
The Value of VAN: How Visibility and Analytics Networks Make Supply Chains Stronger
The Value of VAN: How Visibility and Analytics Networks Make Supply Chains Stronger
The JSI IMPACT Team approach, which is customized for public health supply chains, helps professionals at different levels of the health system adopt a culture of continuous improvement by setting goals, selecting indicators for progress, and using data to track and correct performance. Read more

Scaling Up Innovations in Indonesia
Scaling Up Innovations in Indonesia
Through the My Choice project, JSI and stakeholders, including Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, designed a package of supply chain interventions focused on improving data quality and use, inventory management, mentorship, and on-the-job training in Indonesia. Building on this project's success, the government will begin scaling up the interventions using their own resources. Read more
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JSI's Center for Health Logistics leads complex projects in innovative and cost-effective ways to make sure medicines, vaccines, and other products reach the people who need them. For more than three decades, our experts have strengthened health supply chain in more than 60 countries. We help governments scale up and manage their own supply chains so they can embrace emerging trends and improve the health of millions. For more information contact

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