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Keeping accountable: Developing a logistics information system to do it

Moses Muwonge, MD, DELIVER Project/Uganda, Plot 1 Kyadondo Road, PO Box 74649, Kampala, Uganda, +25641 253-246, Drmuwonge@utlonline.co.ug

Issues: A logistics management information system (LMIS) is critical to monitor ARV drug and HIV test consumption and stock levels, ensure an adequate supply of quality products, respond to changes in demand, manage increased volumes of products, and minimize pilferage and misuse. Programs and donors require accurate information to account for their inputs and to plan for future. Uganda has substantial funding commitments that create an enormous need for a logistics information system to account for product flow from different donors, to track product to the facility, and to manage secure distribution.

Description: This paper will detail the program experience inUganda to develop an LMIS to meet the information, security and tracking needs of the Ministry of Health and of current and future donors. Working at the policy and implementation level, investments in the information system has helped minimize costs, maximize use of resources, and eliminate distribution problems.

Lessons Learned: Technical input into the design of a logistics information system to support national ART and VCT policy and implementation is crucial for a successful program. The LMIS is integral to the effective monitoring of ARV drug and test usage and to ensure timely delivery of commodities and to avoid stock outs and pilferage.

Recommendations: To ensure uninterrupted supply of HIV/AIDS commodities to health facilities, stakeholders, program managers and logisticians must work together to design a realistic, efficient and effective LMIS to provide timely, accurate information to account and plan for effective commodity management.

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Keywords: International Health, HIV/AIDS

Related Web page: www.deliver.jsi.com

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: JSI/DELIVER Project
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: HIV/AIDS Logistics Advisor

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