ARC follows a government-led and patient-centric approach that supports ministries of health in coordinating the range of resources available to them to provide accessible, efficient, and effective public health services.
ARC acts as a trusted strategic advisor to its various supply chain stakeholders in Africa to address these needs of ministries of health. ARC achieves this through placing specialist resources called “Enablers” into ministries of health who provide independent strategic advice to governments. These Enablers advocate for supply chain strategies to be included in national healthcare strategies and budgets and seek to strengthen the alignment of supply chain stakeholders and governance processes to coordinate partners in line with the national supply chain improvement roadmaps.
Countries where arc works
ARC’S WORK ADDRESSES SIX KEY SUPPLY CHAIN ELEMENTS
ARC believes ministries of health require a high degree of maturity across six key supply chain elements to be capable and have sustainable supply chains. ARC’s work focuses on supporting ministries of health in these six elements:
A robust, comprehensive supply chain strategy that incorporates modern supply chain best practices and has the buy-in from the ministry of health, other government departments, donors, and implementing partners supporting national health objectives.
A detailed and comprehensive document that outlines all coordinated actions by partners, major supply chain investments, and initiatives to achieve a country’s strategic objectives and targets.
A multi-disciplinary governance structure that ensures the alignment of all stakeholders and regular/ongoing coordination of supply chain investments and projects to improve the ministry of health ownership, oversight and accountability for supply chain performance and outcomes.
POLICIES AND RESEARCH
Updated and enhanced policies that enable the achievement of the supply chain strategy, guide all stakeholders in funding and implementation, and incorporate best practices through evidence-based research and proven private sector input.
An exploration and recommendation to governments leveraging supply chain experts and private sector partners to shape new thinking, ideas and solutions to transform the supply chain.
BUDGETS AND INVESTMENT CASES
Detailed budgets, business and investment cases for targeted interventions that follow the supply chain strategy, align with the roadmap and provide clear guidance to government and donors’ funding requirements.