Management Sciences for Health staff recently published a paper in SAGE’s Digital Health that may be of interest.
The paper summarizes intersectional approaches to institutionalize more than 35 tailor-made digital health technologies that promote access to medicines and commodities.
It includes five selected case studies and process to address bottlenecks:
- a dashboard module to help reduce contraceptives stock-outs in Bangladesh;
- an electronic dispensing tool for antiretroviral therapy in Namibia;
- a digital medicines registration system in Mozambique;
- a data warehousing technology in Uganda; and
- a medicines management logistics system in Mali.
Given that digital health technologies are a means to an end, the paper then describes how this work will set the stage for advocacy, policy and future research to track progress towards SDG 3 targets as part of the UN’s Voluntary National Reviews.
The work reflects multi-year initiatives funded by USAID pharmaceutical systems strengthening programs.