Zambia: Family planning quantitative and qualitative logistics system assessment

Type Report
Title Zambia: Family planning quantitative and qualitative logistics system assessment
Volume 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
Page numbers 0-0
The Zambian Ministry of Health (MOH) and partners have recognized that a sound logistics system is critical for achieving the continuous availability of family planning commodities at health facilities. As a result, attention and resources have been allocated to strengthen the FP logistics system. Key steps have also been taken to ensure the availability of other public health commodities (specifically HIV/AIDS), including the design and implementation of logistics systems, training of health workers on logistics and the provision of technical expertise. In 2008 a Logistics System Assessment and Stock Status Survey was conducted to provide the MOH, USAID/Zambia, and other stakeholders with information on the availability of family planning commodities and logistics information at the district and health facility levels. This comprehensive assessment of the logistics system consisted of both quantitative and qualitative data collection using two separate data collection tools: the Logistics Indicators Assessment Tool (LIAT) and the Logistics System Assessment Tool (LSAT). Specific assessment objectives included assessing selected inventory control procedures and logistics management practices (i.e., ordering, transport and distribution, supervision, etc.) within the system; and collecting data on stockout rates, stockout frequency and duration, consumption/issue rates, current stock on hand, and storage conditions. The commodities included in this study are family planning and selected emergency obstetrics commodities. Together with subsequent assessments, this study will allow the MOH and its partners to monitor progress over time and to adjust the logistics system as necessary.

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