When we first started this work about seven years ago, when customers came to a warehouse in search of their medicines, the pharmacist had to run down to the warehouse to check if they had an item (it took too long to find the stock card). Now they can access the data the same way as my Walgreens pharmacist can. And they can look to see if the stock is available at any of the other warehouses (even if the nearest location might be a day away).
February 24-25, 2016, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, high-level delegates from 43 African countries and regional and global immunization advocates came together for the first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. The first-of-its-kind event was hugely successful, and signaled fierce determination among African leaders to secure the health and prosperity of their societies through immunization.
For the past four years, John Snow, Inc (JSI) has worked to develop an innovative, sustainable model—Universal Immunization Through Improving Family Health Services (UI-FHS)—that empowers health workers and communities to solve problems locally to reach every child with vaccines. To date, the achievements of the JSI team and its Ethiopian government counterparts are the result of a collaborative effort—and they reflect the catalytic impact grantees like JSI can have on the health of hard-to-reach communities.
Addressing needs of IDPs and refugees in places where no public library exists in the vicinity, a French-based charity Libraries Without Borders has designed “Ideas Box” – a highly mobile information toolkit reminding a modern library packed into several large boxes.
Matching supply and demand requires knowing the levels of supply and demand in real time. It’s simple to understand, but a lot more complicated to achieve. The solution though can be easily stated: data visibility.