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Ensuring a reliable and eﬀective supply of aﬀordable pharmaceuticals for African populations and markets is a key component of today’s policy planning for African governments. The drugs are essential, not only in the ﬁght against deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB, but in improving the overall quality of life on the continent. And yet the challenges facing the policymakers largely boil down to supply chain challenges.
The global pharmaceutical market has a value of over $300bn per annum, a fair proportion of which is devoted to supplying the drugs African governments need to combat disease and improve quality of life in their countries – some estimates put the value of the so-called ‘grey market’ in counterfeit drugs in Africa alone at $35bn per annum. The supply of generic medicines especially has become globalised and dominated by India and China, which supplies mostly generic medicines to much of the emerging market economies around the world– up to 80% of this market in fact. India is now the second largest manufacturer of contract medicines in the world, with other bespoke medicines being supplied by the more mature European and US markets.
Public Healthcare Supply Chain Design and Optimisation
- Supply Chain Control Tower (Process and Technology)
- In-Country Logistics Network Optimisation
- Warehouse Design and Implementation
- Replenishment Process Design
- Demand and Supply Planning and System Design
Resolve Capacity offers innovative turnkey infrastructural concepts for the rapid deployment and commissioning of a Pharmaceutical Warehouse – Warehousing-in-a-box and other modular solutions to strengthen Healthcare services in developing countries, namely
- Clinic-in-a-Box™: An innovative solution that provides a ready-to-use clinic and dispensary unit (48m2) which can be installed in any location within 1 to 3 days.
- Circumcision Clinics: Specially designed modular units (48m2) configured for circumcision procedures.
- Surgical Clinics: Units from 180m2 to 265m2 ranging from 6 to 12 beds.
- Storage-in-a-Box™: Units ranging from 24m2 to 70m2 allowing carton to pallet storage.
- Containerised Clinics: Involves the reconfiguration of a 40ft container into a compliant clinic and dispensing unit.
Our change management services ensure that the clients employees are not thrown in at the deep end but receive the requisite training to ensure a seamless transition to a new environment, new processes and equipment.
One Network offers a unique approach to supply chain management. Our cloud platform, the Real Time Value Network, eliminates the traditional divide between planning and execution. It enables visibility and data flow across the entire supply network of trading partners – in real time. The result is a demand-driven value network. Our collaborative supply chain solutions are designed to cover the client’s end-to-end supply chain. These solutions include:
- Integrated business planning (Including S&OP)
- One Network and Demand management
- Demand Management services provide a much more accurate sales and order forecast than traditional systems, immediately and continuously to all participants. The Real Time Value Network combines planning, execution and business intelligence into a single multi-party, multi-echelon cloud-based solution that was designed to embrace existing
- Supply Management assists companies in reducing costs and improving service levels by synchronising planning and execution processes across all supply network participants, including manufacturers, co-manufacturers, co-packers, component suppliers, raw material suppliers, MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) providers, and carriers.
- Logistics Management empowers clients to drive the complete lifecycle of transportation processes with precision, including procurement and contracting, shipment planning, execution and tracking, yard management, appointment scheduling, and financial and claims settlement.
Additionally, we offer PaaS (Platform as a Service) solutions and developer tools that enable organisations to design, build, and run multi-enterprise applications on our cloud platform that solve problems that would overwhelm traditional technology solutions. This even includes problems unrelated to supply chains.
What can be done?
Considering that up to 40% of the delivered cost of medicines in Africa is made up of supply chain, distribution and other non-core costs, how can we confront these challenges and constraints? Firstly, the supply chain needs to be approached as a specialised function, separate to the pharmacy and the clinic, and education programmes are needed on this.
Secondly, much can be done to manage the primary supply chain. The healthcare sector is often run by one-to-one supplier relationships – how do we consolidate drugs in a more eﬃcient hub and spoke system on the supply side in supply countries such as India and China and elsewhere, as well as in Africa?
Thirdly, the eﬃcient management of last-mile distribution is crucial. Resolve is in the process of building a global visibility centre on TB, Malaria and HIV for a leading international funding agency. This can mature into an Integrated Supply Chain Centre of Excellence, with three areas of core focus:
- Visibility and quantiﬁcation
- Integrating supply and last mile distribution
- People empowerment and skills development