Contraceptive security exists when every person is able to choose, obtain, and use quality contraceptives and condoms for family planning and protection from STIs including HIV, according to USAID. Widespread and consistent access to contraceptives including female and male condoms rests on effective organization and management of the supply chain and correct assessments of supply and demand. Many logistics guides emphasize that an effective supply chain must ensure the “six rights” for product distribution:
- The right product
- In the right quantity
- In the right condition
- In the right place
- At the right time
- For the right cost.
Without these “rights,” programs cannot operate; in other words, no product, no program. Logistics management is complex, as condom supply chains consist of many organizations, procedures, and people who must work together to accurately forecast demand and then order and deliver the appropriate quantity of condoms expeditiously.
This section of the Condom Use Toolkit provides links to a wealth of information and tools to assist with procurement, logistics and supply chain management. These publications provide guidance on procurement, forecasting, product selection, quality assurance, logistics system design, inventory control, storage and distribution, monitoring and evaluation, information systems, and more.
For general family planning resources related to procurement, logistics and supply chain management, check out our Family Planning Logistics Toolkit.
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