Getting contraceptive supplies where they are needed most has always been a global challenge. Until recently, there have been multiple separate global initiatives managed by different organizations to procure and track reproductive health supplies. As a woman-owned small business, Panagora Group is proud to be part of implementing a state-of-the-art platform that consolidates inventory, supply, and near real-time order and shipment data to facilitate more robust data management and visibility.
The innovative platform – the Global Family Planning Visibility and Analytics Network, known as the VAN) – is part of the support Panagora provide to Chemonics International as a subcontractor on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, which delivers life-saving health commodities around the world. For GHSC-PSM, Panagora harnesses the power of data so that key stakeholders can increase efficiencies and cost savings for contraceptives and other health supplies, helping millions of people get access to critical health commodities. This has enabled countries to manage their contraceptive supply chains more efficiently and effectively.
The VAN is managed by the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), a global partnership of public, private, and non-governmental organizations working together to increase contraceptive access in low- and middle-income countries. VAN member countries have full visibility into near real-time order and shipment information. If an issue arises, countries alert VAN partners through the platform, enabling a faster response with direct interventions to avert stockouts. Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, and Nigeria were pioneer country members of the VAN, and thanks to Panagora’s advocacy efforts, many more countries from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East have already joined or are in the process of being onboarded.
Panagora is committed to developing and collaborating on long-term innovative solutions that build on evidence-based approaches to reinforce country ownership and capacity. We are proud to be part of implementing this innovative system that brings together all stakeholders and will ultimately help get more affordable and high-quality reproductive health supplies into the hands of women and girls and help increase contraceptive security worldwide.