ARC in Senegal serves governments in Francophone West Africa to support them in achieving their public health goals.


Supporting last mile delivery transformation in Burkina Faso

ARC is supporting the Ministry of Health by evaluating two last mile distribution pilots and contributing to its health products strengthening plan.


Strengthening Public Health Supply Chain Systems in Senegal

Based on the assessment and building on its expertise in supply chain, the Africa Resource Centre is supporting the Senegal Ministry of Health to relaunch YeksiNaa.


Academic response to COVID-19

West Africa COVID update

West Africa COVID-19 Update: 1 May 2020

The last week of April was marked by an explosion in the number of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in sub-Saharan Africa.


West Africa COVID-19 Update: Responses, Opportunities and Challenges

Looking back over more than four months of COVID-19 epidemic, several trends are emerging regarding the epidemiological profile and the responses to it. While some countries are considering lifting restrictive measures aimed at curbing the spread of the pandemic, such as lockdowns, which have proven effective in containing pressure on the health system, the African continent seems to only now be entering the epidemic curve with an increase of more than 40% in number of people infected.

When the supply chain breaks down globally, health products begin to experience inflation and we are inexorably headed towards stock-outs.


Informed Push Model Transition

ARC has been providing guidance to the Ministry of Health and Social Action for the implementation of a pilot project. ARC assisted with partner alignment, and placed a supply chain coordinator in the ministry to smooth the transition to government ownership of the project.

Warehouse Improvement Project

ARC is providing technical assistance to the national medical store in partnership with Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD), Pfizer, the Association for Supply Chain Management (APICS), the Kaizen Institute, the London Business School and Institut Africain de Management. These partnerships aim to impart good storage and pharmaceutical practices and lean management tools to build capacity among the medical store staff.

Process improvement at National Medicine Regulation Directorate (DPM)

ARC is providing technical assistance to DPM in partnership with the private sector (MSD and Pfizer), for the improvement of standard operating procedures and the development of a quality management system. The technical assistance will help improve the accreditation process of medicine and suppliers, importation approval, and temperature monitoring and control.

Institute of African Management Lecture Series

ARC has successfully supported the initiation of a Supply Chain Management Master’s Degree in partnership with local private business school Institut Africain de Management and the University of Michigan’s William Davidson Institute. ARC takes part in a regular seminar series on various supply chain topics that allow discussion and debate between students, health professionals, government and other partners.

Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) Rapid Improvement Project

ARC is paving the way for the implementation of ASCM’s Rapid Improvement Project and has facilitated the recruitment of a supply chain manager in the country. The project is being done in partnership with the national medical store and will be a continuation of the fellowship programme activities, including the deployment of lean management tools.

National Supply Chain Strategy Development

ARC is providing technical assistance to the Togo Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene in the development of the country’s national supply chain strategy. ARC piloted the diagnostic phase, supported the set-up of the national taskforce and the alignment of technical and financial partners. ARC aims to facilitate the resource mobilisation process to finance the supply chain strategy.

Technical Assistance to CAMEG

ARC is providing technical assistance to CAMEG (the national medical store) in partnership with the private sector (MSD) in the development and implementation of a quality management system and lean management tools (APICS and the Kaizen Institute) for warehouse improvement. ARC is also providing technical assistance for the development of a logistics management information system.

Revision and Consolidation of the National Supply Chain Strategy

ARC is providing technical assistance to the National Programme for the Development of Pharmaceutical Services. Set up by the Ministry of Health, it coordinates pharmaceutical activities in line with national pharmaceutical policy and provides assistance to pharmaceutical stakeholders. It also aims to consolidate the various supply chain diagnostics performed by partners The Global Fund and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as well as keeping the national supply chain strategy updated.

Support to the University Félix Houphouët-Boigny of Abidjan

ARC initiated and facilitates the a Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management at the Department of Pharmacy at the university. ARC has been working with the Kuehne Foundation and Institut Africain de Management to provide technical assistance for developing training content and identifying project requirements.

Technical Assistance for the Improvement of Warehouse Management

ARC provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health on temperature monitoring and control guidelines through the MSD Fellowship Programme. ARC is in discussion with the Kaizen Institute and APICS to implement lean management tools for warehouse improvement.

Technical Assistance to SWEDD in the Last Mile Distribution Model

ARC is providing technical assistance to the women’s empowerment initiative Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend (SWEDD) for the development of a sustainable last mile delivery model. IntraHealth has been brought on board to share the experience of the Informed Push Model project. ARC also aligned with USAID and Chemonics in the technical process.

Development of National Supply Chain Strategy in Emergency Situation

ARC is providing technical assistance for the development of the National Supply Chain Strategy in Emergency Situations in partnership with, among others, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Population Fund and USAID. The first draft is finalised, and the validation process is ongoing.

Academia Project

ARC initiated discussions for the strengthening of an existing logistics programme towards a broader supply chain management curriculum to align with international standards.