ARC aims to improve the availability of medicines and health products in Africa by building more efficient and effective supply chain systems. ARC follows a government-led approach, and collaborates with commercial partners, donors and implementers to identify promising supply chain innovations that can be repurposed and deployed in the health sector. As part of its work to improve the availability of medicines and health products in Africa by building more efficient and effective supply chain systems, ARC is launching this research proposal initiative for research into the supply chain for health in Africa.
Across Africa, several key questions are emerging around supply chains for healthcare. There is a growing demand around the globe for engagement with local and regional institutions in Africa to address these questions, especially with many countries preparing to implement Universal Health Coverage in line with the World Health Organization’s Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action. Having a strong supply chain research base will provide ministries of health with access to well-researched arguments for change or improvement to systems and policy.
ARC is looking to support policy-relevant supply chain research studies where the principal investigator is domiciled in institutions based in Africa. Research outputs from this effort should be relevant to local ministries of health and add to the skilled workforce pipeline for both public and private sectors.
This year’s ARC research proposal call opened on 15 June 2020, for projects to start in September 2020. ARC has set a budget limit of $15 000 per proposal (including university administration fee and taxes), subject to funds availability and plans to support about five proposals in this round. The call closes on 15 July 2020.
The 2020 research themes are: