The Logistics Handbook
A Practical Guide for the Supply Chain
Management of Health Commodities
This publication was produced for review by the U.S. Agency for International Development. It was prepared by the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, Task Order 1. The Logistics Handbook
A Practical Guide for the Supply Chain Management of
The authors’ views expressed in this publication do not necessarily re
ect the views of the United States Agency for International Development or the United States Government.
USAID | DELIVER PROJECT
e USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, Task Order 1, is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under contract no. GPO-I-01-06-00007-00, beginning September 29, 2006. Task Order 1 is implemented by John Snow, Inc., in collaboration with PATH; Crown Agents Consultancy, Inc.; Abt Associates; Fuel Logistics Group (Pty) Ltd.; UPS Supply Chain Solutions; e Mano Group; and 3i Infotech. e project improves essential health commodity supply chains by strengthening logistics management information systems, streamlining distribution systems, identifying nancial resources for procurement and supply chain operation, and enhancing forecasting and procurement planning. e project encourages policymakers and donors to support logistics as a critical factor in the overall success of their health care mandates.
USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, Task Order 1. 2011.
e Logistics Handbook: A Practical Guide for the Supply Chain Management of Health Commodities.
Arlington, Va.: USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, Task Order 1.
Second edition (First edition 1998)
e Logistics Handbook: A Practical Guide for the Supply Chain Management of Health Commodities oers practical guidance in managing the
supply chain, with an emphasis on health commodities. is handbook will be particularly useful for program managers who design, manage, and assess logistics systems for health programs. In addition, policymakers, system stakeholders, and anyone working in logistics will also nd it helpful as a system overview and overall approach. Key terms and concepts are clearly dened and explained; the document includes detailed information about the design and implementation of logistics management information systems and inventory control systems. Overviews of quantication, procurement processes, as well as storage, transport, and product selection, are also included. Acknowledgments
e USAID | DELIVER PROJECT would like to express its appreciation to the many people who worked on and contributed to e Logistics Handbook: A Practical Guide for
the Supply Chain Management of Health Commodities.
e original handbook was based on the
agship logistics course taught by the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT sta (then the Family Planning Logistics Management project sta). In 1992, Barbara Felling and Walter Proper developed the course, and oered it to logisticians outside the project for the rst time. e project’s Performance Improvement team continued to develop the course, providing many iterations and additional material. In 1998, to increase the number of participants for the course, Barry Chovitz, a trainer and course developer since 1992, developed the handbook and led the eort to turn the extensive training curriculum into a textbook. Barbara Felling updated the handbook in 2004 to reect new project knowledge. In 2010, a team of USAID | DELIVER PROJECT technical advisors and sta solicited input from all technical teams to make the most signicant revision and update to the complete handbook since it was rst published in 1998. Major contributers included Claudia Allers, Dana Aronovich, Jaya Chimnani, Todd Dickens, Paul Dowling, Barbara Felling, Carolyn Hart, Alexis Heaton, Rich Owens, Leslie Patykewich, Gregory Roche, Eric Takang, and Edward Wilson. e lead review team included Lilia Gerberg, Kelly Hamblin, Erin Hasselberg, Naomi Printz, and Ashley Smith. Gus Osorio designed the graphics...
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