Boxes of Depo-Provera injectable contraceptives at a warehouse in Chokwe, Mozambique. © 2012 Arturo Sanabria, Courtesy of PhotoshareMore than twice as many women are using injectable contraceptives today as a decade ago, and the numbers keep growing. Widespread and consistent access to contraceptives 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:

  1. The right product
  2. In the right quantity
  3. In the right condition
  4. In the right place
  5. At the right time
  6. For the right cost

Without these “rights,” programs cannot operate; in other words, “no product, no program.” Logistics management is complex, as contraceptive 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 contraceptives.

The Logistics section of the Injectables Toolkit houses resources for improving logistics system performance to maintain adequate supplies and equipment on hand, thus ensuring injectables will be available where and when clients need them.

For general family planning resources related to procurement, logistics and supply chain management, check out our Family Planning Logistics Toolkit.

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