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- ItemInvestigating the integration of public and private pharmaceutical supply chains(Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2018-12) Botes, Jessica; Bam, Wouter; De Kock, Imke; Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Engineering. Dept. of Industrial Engineering.ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Health supply chains in low and medium-income countries are constantly strained due to a lack of resources and infrastructure, poor management and supply-side shortages. This often results in health care facilities experiencing stockouts, leaving patients without access to certain medicines. It is therefore important to recognise that the efficient functioning of pharmaceutical supply chains is a fundamental priority, as the failure to deliver certain important medicines can result in numerous lives being lost. These problems have led to the implementation of various approaches by a number of healthcare organisations to address and alleviate the strain experienced by pharmaceutical supply chains. Although these approaches have had a mostly positive impact, the overall results have been disappointing. Therefore, new and innovative approaches are required to improve the supply of medicines. In order to address the need for better functioning pharmaceutical supply chains and improved medicine supply, this study investigates the potential for the integration of public and private pharmaceutical supply chains. Specifi- cally, the study proposes a framework to assist developing countries to identify opportunities for public-private integration in pharmaceutical supply chains. The purpose of the framework is to: (i) determine a pharmaceutical supply chain's current integration level; (ii) identify opportunities for integration; (iii) determine the risks and benefits of the opportunities; and (iv) prioritise the identified opportunities.
- ItemPublic-private supply chain integration as a possible means to improve public health supply chains(South African Institute for Industrial Engineering, 2018) Botes, Jessica; Bam, Wouter; De Kock, ImkeStruggling health supply chains and poor health outcomes in developing countries, have highlighted the need to improve these supply chains. A number of different methods have been used to improve health supply chains. However, it has been argued that the results are not sufficient and sustainable, neither do they aim to resolve impending challenges. In this paper, we put forward that public-private supply chain integration may be an important tool towards improving public health supply chains. However, further research is required to establish tools that support the determination to improve the supply chains and it. Moreover, research is required to determine whether improvements can be accomplished, as well as what the impact would be on the health supply chains in specific circumstances.