Actions to Take Now to Ensure Routine Supplies are Available

The risks of severe public health consequences continue to rise with the spread of COVID-19. Swift action is needed for countries to properly secure their supply chains and curb long-term impact. As resources like fuel, access to vehicles, and healthy staff become scarcer, health systems’ abilities to provide routine health care will be ever more challenged.

Vigilance is critical to securing business operations in affected regions. Supply chain managers’ immediate primary action should be to move available stock from the central warehouse to as close to the last mile as possible, i.e., to the service delivery points (SDPs) that serve patients directly, by leveraging existing supply chain resources.

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