…treatable deaths occurred in 2015.
…of these treatable deaths were in low- or middle-income countries.
…is the projected loss of output between 2015 – 2030.
People are suffering and dying because of poor access to life-saving medicines. This is attributed, in large part, to acute medicine shortages, or what we call ‘stock-outs’. These are widely experienced in low- and middle-income communities with limited infrastructure and scarce resources. When medicine or equipment run out, patients must locate and pay for care elsewhere. In some circumstances, health providers must physically leave their clinics and patients, travel miles to get signed authorizations and retrieve the required medicine. Overwhelming bureaucracy, shortages and lack of real-time data, can be life-threatening.
Governments and stakeholders in these health systems lack access to high-quality, real-time data regarding medicine usage and stock levels. This hinders their ability to make informed public health policy and procurement decisions, resulting in poor access to medicines for the most vulnerable, often leading to preventable deaths.
The Three Problems:
Data Collection and Data Inclusion
Networking and Data-Driven Decision-Making
Financing and Sustainability
Traditional development models and programs have failed to address these three critical, interconnected issues. Targeted investments in improved, inclusive data systems with a bottom-up approach, present a new path – a path that stands to reduce the need for foreign donor assistance and lead to self-reliance. Until then, stock-outs will continue to take an enormous human and economic toll.
The Answer is Information.
Where is the required medicine located? Is it in stock? Has it expired? When can it be delivered? And how?
Existing paper-based systems require an enormous number of personnel-hours. And yet they still do not allow for preventative or reactive measures based on actual needs of health providers and patients. Workable tools and infrastructure providing high quality, accurate and actionable medical information are vital to inform planning, policy, medical and business decisions.
Our S+ solution creates and provides transparent inventory data across a network of offices and clinics. This allows health providers to effortlessly source and access the medicines they require, enabling them to care for patients where and when needed.