Strategic Support to Targeted States to Improve Supply Chain Performance

Africa Resource Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management (ARC_ESM) in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is providing strategic support to Ten (10) States in Nigeria- Yobe, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Niger, Sokoto, Nasarawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Borno through a 2-year intervention project predicated on four (4) supply chain pillars that target fundamental root causes of supply chain underperformance limiting the achievement of the strategic mandate of the country.

Outcomes of Strategic State Support

Improved public financing for procurement and supply of Health Commodities: Through Thought Leadership, brokering support and an innovative financing model put in place by ARC_ESM, Kaduna, Yobe, Niger, Sokoto, and Nasarawa states have increased financing for procurement of Essential medicines, MNCH, and Malaria commodities.

Improved public financing for health supply chain infrastructure and systems: ARC_ESM has provided strategic support to Kano, Kaduna, Niger, and Yobe States that has enabled these states to generate revenue from the procurement and distribution of health products to finance a two-year health supply chain operational plans and budget. This effort has resulted in increased state investments in supply chain infrastructures such as warehouse upgrades, last-mile delivery, and supply chain visibility solutions.

Improved Private Sector Co-financing for Health Supply Chain infrastructure and systems: Niger, Yobe, Nasarawa, and Kaduna States have leveraged resources from the local private sector partnerships brokered through ARC_ESM platforms. Through the advisory and brokering supports provided by ARC_ESM, over $50,000 worth of cash and in-kind contributions from the Private Sector have been utilized to support public health supply chain challenges in the states to date.

Strengthened human resources for health supply chains: ARC_ESM has supported Kano, Kaduna, Yobe, Lagos, Niger, Nasarawa, and Sokoto States to set up and inaugurate state supply chain/Change Management teams. We adopted a 10-man team approach that ensures that States have designated officers to support end-to-end supply chain operations in line with two-year health supply chain operational plans leveraging best practices. ARC_ESM is also leveraging its Center of Excellence Platform to provide state teams with access to supply chain certifications and training opportunities. To date, about 100 officers have accessed at least one supply chain certification.