Coordinated Supply Planning
The Coordinated Supply Planning (CSP) Group is a cross-organizational team that strives to prevent family planning (FP) commodity stock imbalances by using shared supply chain data and information to coordinate shipments and the allocation of resources within and among countries. It is one of two workstreams of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition’s (RHSC) System Strengthening Working Group that together focus on ensuring a continuum of global level supply chain coordination and country support. The CSP group focuses on identifying and addressing potential stock imbalances 6-15 months in the future, while the Coordinated Assistance for Reproductive Health Supplies group (CARhs) complements the work of the CSP by focusing on imminent or current stock imbalances within the next 6 months. Today, the CSP group members include representatives of UNFPA’s Procurement Services and Commodity Security Branches, USAID, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), John Snow, Inc. (JSI), the Global Health Supply Chain - Procurement and Supply Management project (GHSC-PSM), and the RHSC.
The CSP group approach and processes
The CSP group seeks to prevent stock imbalances through better coordination between the two key institutional procurers of family planning commodities, USAID and UNFPA, and key supply chain partners. The CSP group:
- Provides a forum for donors, procurers, and partners to discuss and collaboratively problem solve around supply-related issues that affect the availability of FP products;
- Provides data analysis and recommendations to optimize use of available resources and better serve countries and programs, beyond what would be possible working as individual, uncoordinated entities;
- Coordinates supply planning to reduce global supply risk to all programs receiving FP commodity support;
- Forecasts contraceptive implant procurement for Family Planning 2020 markets to provide regular updates on the demand outlook to donors, suppliers, and other stakeholders;
- Quantifies procurement funding gaps for countries at risk of stockouts in the next calendar year and shares the analysis with donors and partners to mobilize additional funds.