Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Operations and Supply Chain Management, Vietnam, 2019

ISBN: 9786027060470


Distribution Challenges of Health Commodities

Andrew-Vans Bray
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration

Samuel Ofosu Awuah
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration

Distance to service in Ghana remains a binding constraint for contraceptive health commodities use among rural and urban populace. The distances to goods and services in rural areas is still high, while in urban areas where demand for smaller families is greater, distance is a binding constraint even though average distances are smaller. Expanding access to a choice of affordable and appropriate health commodities such as contraceptive is critical to achieving the goal of reproductive health for all health commodities contraceptive that are considered to be overlooked or underutilized. The objective of this paper is to assess the efficiency of the existing distribution networks and recommend an alternative supply chain distribution network through Geographical Equi-Distance supply chain distribution network. A case study approach was used where purposive sampling was employed to select a major player in distribution of health commodities in Ghana. It was found that Geo-Equi Distance supply chain distribution network for health commodities can improve efficient distribution of health commodities in developing countries. The benefits of efficient supply chain distribution network include improved commodity availability, reduced lead time and improved healthcare delivery.

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    author = {Bray, Andrew-Vans and Awuah, Samuel Ofosu},
    title = {Distribution Challenges of Health Commodities},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Operations and Supply Chain Management, Vietnam, 2019},
    year = {2019},
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