(content source: Global Fund website)
We have exciting news to share! The Global Fund and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance have published new guidance to support countries with the planning the selection, acquisition and deployment of new logistics management information system (LMIS) software. We are delighted to report that this guidance identifies OpenLMIS as an off-the-shelf application that Gavi; the Global Fund; or other funding, donor or technical assistance agency can recommend to countries seeking a new LMIS. OpenLMIS is proud to be featured in this important global guidance.
Thank you to everyone in the OpenLMIS Community whose work made this possible; and for your continued daily commitment to supporting OpenLMIS to be used in new countries and contexts around the globe!
To be included in the guidance, all software solutions were required to comply with a set of criteria that measured software’s core capabilities. The following key considerations were used by Gavi and the Global Fund when determining suitability for LMIS software to support LMIC’s supply chain functions:
- Country Readiness
- Total cost of ownership
- Supply chain data integration
- Change management, support and continuous improvement
When reading the LMIS Selection Guidance I was particularly struck by the relevance of the LMIS Conceptual Model developed by the Global Fund (see image below). This image demonstrates how important LMIS systems are in serving as a central point of intersection of many actors and data sources throughout the supply chain.
OpenLMIS is an effective LMIS that serves this purpose through its interoperable applications that enable automatic supply chain data collection, validation, classification, storage, analysis, and visualizations to serve country supply chain operations. We hope that this new country guidance will be useful to support countries in meeting their specific LMIS needs and showcase OpenLMIS’s ability to improve supply chain outcomes.