Coordinated Supply Planning

The Coordinated Supply Planning group of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition was formed based on a need identified during a meeting of the System Strengthening Working Group in October 2012. The overarching objective of the group is to improve supply chain coordination for family planning commodities through continuous, collaborative development of forecasts and supply plans amongst the major donors and the countries they support.

The group has defined the following two operational objectives:

  • Co-develop UNFPA and USAID forecasts and supply plans for specific products for production planning, advocacy for commodity funding, contract negotiation, ensuring continuous supply, rational allocations, and other uses
  • Coordinate UNFPA and USAID orders with manufacturers to improve supplier production management and to ensure that these orders can be filled on time

Current CSP activities focus on USAID and UNFPA coordinated supply planning of contraceptive implants and 3-month contraceptive injections, as these products are currently facing production constraints, have better data visibility, and/or global focus. To support this, CSP is working to develop a clear, repeatable process that will meet the needs of the donors and recipients, using technology to support the process and meet the needs of a geographically dispersed team.

Key 2016 Highlights

  • Delayed or canceled shipments of 515,000 implants, avoiding overstocks and allowing for other countries’ needs to be better served;
  • Reallocated or expedited shipments of 637,000 implants to avoid shortages and stockouts;
  • Identified two countries with overstocks of implants and recommended two recipient countries for transfers; referred to CARhs to facilitate transfers since they have SOPs to handle transfers;
  • Prioritized orders of 5.2 million doses of sub-cutaneous DMPA within supply constraints to better meet country needs and avoid interruption of existing country programs;
  • Mobilized resources through UNFPA, USAID, and DFID for procurement of an additional 900,000 implants for countries in need, providing over 3 million couple years of protection (CYPs) and potentially averting over one million unintended pregnancies; and
  • By flagging other known funding gaps to FP2020 and other stakeholders outside of the CSP group, CSP members and other donors were able to mobilize an additional USD $11.1 million for FP products for 5 countries. 

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