Healthcare personnel are running out of PPE to protect themselves and patients. Strategic distribution of PPE is essential to quality care.
As more and more COVID-19 patients need hospital care, hospitals are running out of face masks, gloves, and more. In order to ensure that each hospital has the PPE it needs to adequately care for patients, there needs to be a specific distribution strategy to cities where hospital supply is running low or the influx of new COVID-19 patients is increasing. Alternative ways to make PPE within the community can also help directly restock hospitals or protect non-essential employees such that they can donate their PPE to hospitals.
Jul 11, 2020
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There has been a massive effort by UN and WHO from April 2020 to create a supply chain consortium of healthcare necessities. That framework can be adapted in multiple clusters. One of the major problem is also identifying the hotspots where the PPE Kits are required in high numbers. The entire value chain has to be in a consortium to drive importance in the supply Demand Pattern of Medical items.
There also exists a supplier network for PPE.
Excerpt from the article
In early April, the United Nations launched the UN COVID-19 Supply Chain Task Force – coordinated by WHO and the World Food Programme (WFP) – to massively scale up the procurement and delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE), testing and diagnostics supplies, and biomedical equipment like ventilators and oxygen concentrators. The Task Force leveraged the capabilities and expertise of each partner into a mega-consortium to identify procurement needs and better negotiate with suppliers. Members include the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs), the World Bank, The Global Fund, the United Nations Office for Project Serves (UNOPS), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), NGOs, Red Cross and Federation and other WHO health cluster partners. The goal: to make supplies available to everyone, wherever they are needed.
Link to the article : How WHO is re-imagining and fixing the links in the supply chains during COVID-19
Link to the supplier / Partner Platform Network : Partner Platform - COVID19