Logistics System Design & Supply Chain Management

Well-designed family planning logistics systems let clients' needs direct the supply chain. Client-centered supply chains provide a dependable supply of quality, affordable contraceptives of clients' choice that are available when and where clients want them. Programs can ensure clients receive the supplies they need, when they need them, by continually improving key components of the logistics system, including management and staff performance, information systems, forecasting, procurement, and distribution.

In addition, adequate funding, political commitment, strong leadership and management, effective training, and ongoing support are necessary to maintain a highly functioning logistics system. Good logistics systems enable greater contraceptive access, higher quality of care, and more efficient use of resources. These benefits are linked to greater contraceptive prevalence, higher continuation rates, and more client satisfaction.

This section of the Toolkit provides briefs, handbooks, tools, and other resources for designing, assessing, and improving logistics systems to ensure that each link in the supply chain works together seamlessly to connect family planning clients with the contraceptives they need. Here you can also find case studies, briefs, and other resources sharing various countries' experiences implementing different approaches to logistics system design and improvement.

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