Logistics and Procurement Guides

The Logistics Handbook: A Practical Guide for the Supply Chain Management of Health Commodities, USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, 2011a

The Logistics Handbook explains the major aspects of logistics management, with an emphasis on contraceptive supplies. It is intended to help managers who work with supplies every day, as well as managers who assess and design logistics systems for entire programs. In addition, policymakers, system stakeholders, and anyone working in logistics will also find it helpful as a system overview and overall approach.

Key terms and concepts are clearly defined and explained; the document includes detailed information about the design and implementation of logistics management information systems and inventory control systems. Overviews of quantification, procurement processes, as well as storage, transport, and product selection, are also included.

Quantification of Health Commodities: Contraceptive Companion Guide, USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, 2011b

This guide should be used to support the forecasting step in conducting a quantification for contraceptive supplies, following the project's approach to quantification. The guide presents a methodology for forecasting consumption of contraceptives and the additional supplies needed to provide both short-acting methods (SAM) and long-acting and permanent methods (LAPM) of contraception. Throughout the guide, examples of forecasting for a SAM (contraceptive pills) and a LAPM of contraception (introduction of contraceptive implants) are presented to illustrate the data sources, forecasting assumptions, and the outputs at each step.

Quantification of Health Commodities: A Guide to Forecasting and Supply Planning for Procurement, USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, 2008

This guide for quantification of health commodities was developed to assist technical advisors, program managers, warehouse managers, procurement officers, and service providers in (1) estimating the total commodity needs and costs for successfully implementating national health program strategies and goals, (2) identifying the funding needs and gaps for procuring the required commodities, and (3) planning procurements and shipment delivery schedules to ensure a sustained and effective supply of health commodities.

Procurement Capacity Toolkit, Tools and Resources for Procurement of Reproductive Health Supplies, Version 2, PATH, 2009

As more developing countries take on responsibility for purchasing health commodities, requisite capabilities--such as decision-making, planning, and technical skills--often require strengthening. To address this need, PATH developed the comprehensive Procurement Capacity Toolkit for those responsible for and involved in the supply of reproductive health products. Particularly relevant for forecasting is Procurement Capacity Toolkit, Version 2: Module 1: Defining Reproductive Health Supply Requirements

Contraceptive Security: Ready Lessons II. Lesson 8. Expanding Contraceptive Choice through Support for Underutilized Methods, Commodities Security and Logistics Division, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Bureau for Global Health, 2008

Ready Lessons I and II are two series of booklets that provide USAID Missions and their partners strategies and activities that can significantly improve contraceptive security. Ready Lessons I introduces the fundamentals of programming for contraceptive security. Ready Lessons II shows how to apply these basics in the context of a rapidly changing health environment, including changes in development assistance, health sector reforms, and growth of the private sector. The section highlighted above focuses on special considerations related to ensuring adequate supply and distribution of NUMs.