Collaboration & Planning
How can the VAN detect and prevent supply disruptions?
For more than a decade, the RHSC has led a collective effort to detect, prevent and remedy supply shortfalls, stockouts and overstocks. In 2012, the Coordinated Supply Planning (CSP) group was launched as an antidote to the growing number of last-minute supply requests being addressed by the RHSC’s flagship Coordinated Assistance for Reproductive Health (CARhs) group and the planning uncertainties that gave rise to them. Its solution was to improve supply chain coordination for family planning commodities through continuous, collaborative review of major donor and country supply plans, and the development of forecasts.
As we continue work to share data more effectively and dismantle old information silos, the decision was made to merge the functions of the CSP and CARhs together under the VAN umbrella. The new Consensus Planning Group (CPG) combines both the hands-on skills required to address stockout emergencies with the expertise needed to prevent disruption by aligning orders before they are ever shipped.