Agenda 2017

10th Global Health Supply Chain Summit (GHSCS) 

November 15-17, 2017

Summit Venue: Hotel Kempinski, Accra, Ghana

Program At A Glance

Below is an agenda at a glance. A detailed agenda with talks in the various tracks is available here. All speakers are requested to use our suggested powerpoint template to prepare their presentation (download template).

Day 1 (November 15)

7:45 – 8:15am Registration
8:15 – 8:20am Welcome: Prof. Yehuda Bassok, Program Chair, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
8:35 9:20am Keynote: Francis Aboagye-Nyame, Director, Director, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS)

“Future of Global Health Supply Chain Management”

9:20 – 9:35am Remarks by the HON. KWAKU AGYEMANG-MANU, Minister of Health (Ghana)
9:35 10:20am Keynote – Dr. Prashant Yadav, Strategy Leader-Supply Chain, Gates Foundation:

“Global Health Supply Chains: The last 10 years of progress and an improvement agenda for the future”

10:20-10:45am Coffee Break
10:45-12:15pm Panel Discussion: Private Sector Approach to in-country supply chains


  • Charles Fordjour, Head, Africa Health Policy and Governmental Affairs at Roche
  • Adjo Mfodwo, Director, Private Sector Programs & Partnerships, MSH
  • Shailendra Sharma, Managing Director, Worldwide Healthcare

Moderator: Professor Ravi Anupindi, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

12:15-1:30pm Lunch

(longer 100 min track)

Track 1 Track 2
3:10-3:30pm Coffee Break

(75 min track)

Track 3 Track 4
4:30-5:45 pm

(75 min track)

Track 5 Track 6
6:00-8:00pm Cocktail

Day 2 (November 16)

7:30 – 8:00 am Coffee Break
8:00 9:15 am Plenary Talks:

“Delivery /Replenishment strategies used as Supply Chain practice A supplier view”

“Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in Ghana Challenges and Potential for Growth”

9:15 10:00 am KeynoteDr. Iain Barton, Healthcare Strategy Executive, Imperial Logistics

“Unintended consequences and hidden obstacles to medicine access”

10:00 – 10:20am Coffee Break

(75 min track)

Track 7 Track 8

(75 min track)

Track 9 Track 10
12:50 – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 – 3:15pm

(75 min track)

Track 11 Track 12
3:15 – 3:35 pm Coffee Break
3:35 – 4:05 pm Keynote: Hon. Tolbert G. Nyenswah, Deputy Health Minister of Liberia 

“Priming Supply Chains to function under Epidemics:  Lessons learned in Liberia after the Ebola Crisis”

4:05 – 4:40 pm Panel Discussion: Resilient Supply Chain


  • Hon. Tolbert G. Nyenswah, Deputy Health Minister of Liberia
  • Dr. Nagnouma Sano, Head SECTION Pharmaceutical Establishments FOCAL POINT; Department of Health, Guinea

“Renforcement de la résilience de la chaîne d’approvisionnement Leçons tirées de la crise Ebola Guinée”

  • Jatu Josephine Abdulai, Pharmacist, Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies, Sierra Leonean
  • Dr. Llyod Matowe, Program Director, Pharmaceutical Systems, Africa (Moderator)
4:40 – 5:00pm Report out from ISG / WHO
5:00 – 5:30pm Closing remarks
6:00 – 8:00 pm Cocktail

Day 3 (November 17)

8:00am-12:30pm Tutorials
12:30-1:30pm Lunch

Detailed Schedule of Talks 

Day 1 (November 15, 2017)

1:30 pm – 3:10 pm

[Each talk should be of 20 minutes duration; last 15 minutes is for Q&A]

Track 1: Public-private partnerships Track 2: Integration and Interoperability
T1.1 Private Model Community Pharmacies in Ethiopia

Y. Degefaw*, S. Abdulber*, and Y. Bante* (Affiliation)

T2.1 HMIS/LMIS integration: a Tanzania case study in integration, interoperability, analysis and governance

Alpha Nsaghurwe* and Chris Wright* (JSI) and Mary Jo Kochendorfer* (VillageReach/OpenLMIS)


T1.2 Increasing access to essential medicines through pre-qualified, quality local sources

Stephen Kimatu* (PFSCM), Iain Barton* (Imperial Health Sciences), and Sherring Sharma* (World Wide Health)

T2.2 Tupaia – an integrated, six-country data portal incorporating eLMIS and health data collection in Asia-Pacific

Michael Nunan* (University of Melbourne Centre for International Child Health), Edwin Monk-Fremont (Beyond Essential Systems), William Horoto (Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services), and David Kelly

(Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

T1.3 Enhancing the role of the private health sector through an improved access to subsidized malaria commodities for accelerating the reduction of Malaria Morbidity and Mortality (ARM3): game changer in Benin’s supply chain system

Adjibabi Cherifatou*, Alexis Y. Tchevoede, and Adicatou-Laï Adeothy (Benin National Malaria Control Program), Ricardo Missihoun, Michelle Kouletio, Monica Patton, and Fortune Dagnon (PMI/USAID Benin), Angelique Gbaguidi, Gilbert Andrianandrasana, and Pablo Aguilar (Accelerating the Reduction of Malaria Mortality and Morbidity), and Luis Tam, Christopher Schwabe, and María Arias-Coscarón (MCD Inc.)

T2.3 Interoperability: the future of digital health and supply chain information systems

Chris Wright*, John Snow, Inc. Practice Lead, Data Visibility & Use; Paul Dowling, John Snow, Inc., Senior Technical Advisor, Center for Health Logistics

T1.4 Strengthening procurement and distribution system through a public-private partnership-led mechanism in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Robert Tuala Tuala* (Chemonics), Seydou Doumbia, Mulongo Banana, and Jean Claude Nguima (USAID)

T2.4 The Roadmap to Integrating Supply Chain Data, Advanced Analytics, and Machine Learning


Jonathan Stambolis*, CEO of Zenysis Technologies, Inc.

3:10 pm – 4:25pm

[Each talk should be of 20 minutes duration; last 15 minutes is for Q&A]

Track 3: Last mile access Track 4: Capacity building
T3.1 Successful private sector engagement in global health: lessons from Project Last Mile (12)

Katherine LaMonaca*, Erika Linnander, and Leslie Curry (Yale University)

T4.1 Assessing gender discrimination and inequality in pharmaceutical supply chain workforce: the case of Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency of Ethiopia (PFSA)

Alemtsehay Data* (PFSA) and Wondimieneh Sewuye and Elias Geremew (GHSC-PSM)

T3.2 Reaching the last mile — strategies and experiences from the front line

Ishmael Muchemenyi* and Clinton de Souza* (PFSCM)

T4.2 Promoting resilient capacity and institutional memory in PSM by deploying the Big Learning Platform

Paul Lalvani, Dean-Director Empower School of Health

T3.3 Improving last-mile stock manager experiences in Zambia using novel methods, resulting in enhanced engagement and data quality

Siri Shetty* (Logistimo India Pvt. Ltd.)

T4.3 Contribution des associations professionnelles de logisticiens dans le développement, le renforcement durable des capacités et l’autonomisation des ressources humaines en santé : cas de l’AsLoB

Ricardo MISSIHOUN, Narcisse AGBESSI* , Gabriel SOUNOUVOU , Hubert TOKPANOU, Boris RUFFINO, Pascal FAFEH*, Hermann BONOU, Hermione GANDAHO*

4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

[Each talk should be of 20 minutes duration; last 15 minutes is for Q&A]

Track 5: Delivery systems Track 6: Needs assessment 
T5.1 Using Technology for improving Vaccine delivery in Mozambique

Shahrzad Yavari* (Nexleaf Analytics), Ana Costache (Village Reach), and Balbina Khanlawia (Mozambique Ministry of Health)

T6.1 Post FMOH mapping and recommendations: assessment of supply chain of medicines for health priority diseases in some health facilities within Jos metropolis

Ndidi Ngwuluka*, Ibironke Akindele, and Nelson Ochekpe (University of Jos)

T5.2 What should you deliver by UAV? The role of geography, product, and UAV type in prioritizing public health supply chain use cases for delivery by UAV

Sidharth Rupani* (LLamasoft, Inc.) and Yasmin Chandani, Marasi Mwencha, and Matiko Machagge (John Snow, Inc.)

T6.2 Creating better ownership and use of information systems: the case of Health Commodity Management Information System (HCMIS) in health facilities of Ethiopia

Marasi Mwencha, Sami Tewfik, and Teshome Dires* (AIDSFree Ethiopia)


T5.3 Unjani Clinics: An update and some critical review

Clinton De Souza* and Iain Barton (Imperial Health Sciences)

T6.3 Institutionalizing and transitioning supply chain management structures in Tanzania through the Logistics Management Unit (LMU)

Peace Nyankojo, Naomi Printz, Mavere Tukai, and Shabana Farooqi (GHSC-TA Tanzania)

Day 2, November 16, 2017

10:20 am – 11:35am

[Each talk should be of 20 minutes duration; last 15 minutes is for Q&A]

Track 7: Analytics and decision-making Track 8: Vaccines
T7.1 Supply chain data for informed decision: trend in consumption of artemether lumefantrine (ALu) and malaria rapid diagnostic tests (mRDTs) in Morogoro Municipal, Tanzania

Godbless Mariki* and Beatrice Christian (Management and Development for Health), Mustafa Njozi (Deloitte Consulting Ltd.), Patrick Swai (Affiliation), John Gamaliel, Emeka Okechukwu, and Joseph Mugasa (FHI360), and Marina Njelekela (Deloitte Consulting Ltd.)

T8.1 Case study: training of immunization supply chain personnel for RTM (5)

Shubha Varma* and Shahrzad Yavari*(Nexleaf Analytics)


T7.2 Supply chain performance improvement through data use, innovation, and empowerment

Yasmin Chandani, Omar Balsara, Sarah Andersson, and Barbara Lamphere (John Snow, Inc.)

T8.2 OpenLMIS vaccine module

Mary Jo Kochendorfer* (VillageReach/OpenLIMS)

T7.3 Linkage of commodity supply chain data systems to support timely and accurate decision making

Douglas Onyancha and Martin Mwenda (USAID/KEMSA Medical Commodities Program)

T8.3 Using advanced forecasting methods to reduce inventory costs by 22% while maintaining above 95% availability of vaccines in the last-mile

Pratik Shetty* (Logistimo India Pvt. Ltd.)

11:35 am – 12:50 pm

[Each talk should be of 20 minutes duration; last 15 minutes is for Q&A]

Track 9: Information systems Track 10: Innovations
T9.1 eLMIS in Zambia: lessons in how to scale up information systems in low-resource settings

Wendy Nicodemus, Chris Opit, Jeremy Sikazwe, and Wendy Bomett* (John Snow, Inc. and AIDSFree Zambia)

T10.1 The future of capacity building: technology-enabled tools

Yasmin Chandani*, John Snow, Inc., Director inSupply Project; Wendy Bommett, John Snow, Inc., Director, MIS AIDSFree Zambia; Edward Wilson, John Snow, Inc. Director Center for Health Logistics.

T9.2 From test to production: learning the lessons from the first-ever implementation of OpenLMIS version 3.0 in Malawi

Nuran Mallya* (CHSC-PSM), Chikhulupiro Chimwanza (Queens Central Hospital), and Paschal Mujasi and Phillip Kamutenga (GHSC-PSM Malawi)

T10.2 LabEQIP: a custom software solution enabling countries to re-design their own laboratory networks

Neelima Ramaraju* (LLamasoft, Inc.) and TBD* (USAID or CDC Nigeria)

T9.3 Four years of managing a national electronic logistics management information systems (eLMIS) at scale in Tanzania: future directions in the context of the National Digital Health Investment Roadmap

Alfred Mchau (GHSC-TA Tanzania), Alpha Nsaghurwe (Maternal and Child Survival Program), and Naomi Printz and Mavere Tukai (GHSC-TA Tanzania)

T10.3 Managing free supply if quality medicines and health products in Rajasthan State in India with IT support of e-Aushadhi software

Nirmal Gurbani (IHMR University)

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

[Each talk should be of 20 minutes duration; last 15 minutes is for Q&A]

Track 11: Interoperability and Integration Track 12: Technology and analytics
T11.1 Knowing where you are to get where you are going: leadership through activity based costing in Lesotho

Ralph L. Titus, Jr.*, Contractor for USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program, Procurement and Supply Management

T12.1 Software-driven procurement: using modern technology to save millions of dollars in Timor-Leste

Alex Bongers and Odete Maria Freitas Belo (Servico Autonomo Medicamentos e Equipamentos de Saude)

T11.2 Product nomenclature and classification based on the GS1 organization

Lindabeth Doby* USAID; Trisha Long, USAID, GHSC-PSM; Kaitlyn Roche, USAID GHSC-BI&A

T12.2 Mobile phone-based vaccine stock management tool improves decision making in Tigray and Amhara Woredas of Ethiopia

Henok Hailemariam*, Vaccine Program Manager, John Snow, Inc. Ethiopia; Marasi Mwencha, Country Director, JSI Center for Health Logistics, AIDSFree, Ethiopia

T11.3 A primer on parsimonious global health information systems for low- and middle-income countries

David A. Butz* (William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan)

T12.3 The use of a mobile solution for electronic health logistics management information systems in resource-limited settings

Dianna Lourenco* (GHSC-PSM Mozambique) and Brana Santos (Mozambique Ministry of Health)

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