From Data to Metrics: Multi-Country Vaccine Supply Chain Cost and Performance Benchmarking
Presenter: Gabriella Ailstock
Co-authors: Tapiwa Mukwashi, Joseph Roussel, Dorothy Thomas
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VillageReach is committed to socializing the lessons learned from our experience establishing the first-of-its-kind, multi-country, routine childhood immunization supply chain (iSC) cost and performance benchmarking database for the context of low- and middle-income countries. A challenge faced by public health supply chains is a lack of referential cost and performance metrics. To address this gap, VillageReach is creating the iSC cost and performance benchmarking database that enables stakeholders to use standardized references to evaluating supply chain cost and performance against comparable peer groups. This information will allow users to gain a deeper understanding of supply chain costs, identify performance gaps, establish aspirational performance goals and identify specific strategies for improvement. Cost and performance metrics incorporated into the benchmarking database have been computed from data collected at the sub-national (e.g., Province, state or similar unit) level as well as the supply chain levels beneath it. National-level iSC costs that are used to support the sub-national level are also considered in this evaluation. In this presentation, VillageReach will share experiences from the development of the iSC benchmarking database and early stage findings from phase one participants. Phase one results will include methodological lessons learned from four supply chains; two regions in Ethiopia and one region from Nigeria and one from Mozambique. Additionally, we will share progress in database design and challenges in the data landscape. More specifically, we will highlight our experiences applying a total system cost lens to define cost measures and metrics and, ultimately, compare immunization supply chain cost and performance across comparable groups.