3 Lessons Learned Deploying eHealth Solutions for Nigerian Health Systems

The Federal Ministry of Health has identified several key challenges for the healthcare system in Nigeria to ensure the availability of life-saving commodities and meet national supply chain reliability goals, including: Incomplete and inadequate data on commodity turnover at Public Health Centers, Late drug and medical supply deliveries to health facilities, Substantial degrees of stockouts in local stores. For example, in 2014, some Kano local stores experienced stockouts (exhaustion of vaccines) of one or more antigens and devices 90% of the time. The stockouts substantially reduced Nigeria’s ability to meet immunization goals and illustrated the challenges facing Nigeria’s healthcare infrastructure. In order to overcome these challenges, the Federal Ministry of Health wanted to have consistently sufficient stocks of vaccines and devices on hand. Additionally, a separate key goal was to have real-time stock data management in order to provide rapid response to shortages.

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3 Lessons Learned Deploying eHealth Solutions for Nigerian Health Systems