Percent of program-supported countries that have a functional logistics coordination mechanism in place
The percent of countries supported by the program that have a functional logistics coordination mechanism in place. A “functional” logistics coordination mechanism is a committee, panel, or task force that: (1) includes the participation of the country’s relevant government agency, central medical store (or equivalent body), relevant donors, private sector entities, nongovernmental organizations, and civil society organizations; (2) holds a meeting at least biannually with good representation from the mechanism’s contributing actors; (3) develops policies, procedures, and action plans; and (4) shows evidence of adherence to policies and procedures, implements action plans, and follows up on and addresses issues raised at previous meetings. This indicator is assessed annually and must meet the criteria of being “functional” to report against the indicator. It can be disaggregated by country.
This indicator is calculated as:
(Number of countries with a functional logistics coordination mechanism in place as determined by a qualitative assessment/Total number of countries supported by the program for technical assistance) x 100
Key informant interviews; meeting minutes;
This indicator measures whether countries have a functioning logistics coordination mechanism and is an important indicator for supply chain capacity and performance. An operating logistics coordination mechanism is important for prevent ingstockouts at all levels of the health system.
In general, reports generated from an organized and well-maintained information system are a core component of a functioning health system. They allow information produced from various levels to be tracked, managed and integrated, in order to: analyze trends; determine system strengths and weaknesses; and maximize effectiveness and efficiency. Information system reports are also key in assessing whether goals are being reached, and if not, how to target resources in order to meet them in the future.
This indicator does not measure the efficiency of the logistics coordination mechanism. Therefore, while one country may meet all the criteria of having a “functional” logistics coordination mechanism, this indicator will not be able to determine how well the system is functioning.
health system strengthening (HSS), management, commodity
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health Supply Chain Program. (2018). USAID global health supply chain program procurement and supply management IDIQ project monitoring and evaluation plan. Washington, DC, USA: Chemonics International Inc. Retrieved from https://www.ghsupplychain.org/sites/default/files/2018-02/2018_02_03%20MandE%20Plan.pdf