World Health Report 2006
Over 1.7 billion people – nearly one-third of the world’s
population – lack access to essential medicines (World
Health Organization 2004).
Every year development partners and national governments
spend about 10 billion US dollars procuring health products
for low-income countries. Yet all too often these life-saving
supplies do not reach the people who need them.
The “global health workforce crisis” 1 has highlighted the
urgent need for a competent, recognized and empowered
health supply chain workforce.
Launched in 2011, the People that Deliver Initiative is a global partnership
of over 70 organizations. We envision a world where national supply chain
workforces are planned, financed, developed and supported in a way that
ensures equitable and sustainable access to the medicines and other
commodities needed for optimal health outcomes.
Over the last few decades, growing investments from multilateral and
bilateral donors have resulted in huge increases in the quantity, value and
complexity of medicines and commodities flowing through public health
supply chains in low-income countries.
National health supply chains in these countries face great difficulties in
responding to the increased demand, putting both health products and
health outcomes at risk.
For optimal performance, complex health
supply chains need a competent,
recognized and empowered health
supply chain workforce.
A well planned, financed, developed and
supported supply chain workforce is
essential for achieving national and global
health goals, including the Millennium
Development Goals for improving
maternal health, reducing child mortality,
and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria
and other diseases.
The People that Deliver Initiative aims to build global and national capacity to implement evidence-based approaches
to plan, finance, develop, support and retain the national workforces needed for the effective, efficient and sustainable
management of health supply chains.
The three working groups of the People that Deliver
Initiative are taking action to raise awareness, generate
evidence, and develop approaches and tools for strengthening
the health supply chain workforce.
In marked contrast to the modern commercial sector, where supply
chain management is considered a key strategic function, the
health sector in many countries has been slow in recognizing this
critical function and in taking steps to develop the capacity of this
→ The Advocacy and Knowledge Management Working Group
aims to raise awareness and recognition of these issues at both
global and national levels, through advocacy, information sharing
The significant research gap in human resources for health supply
chain management is impeding evidence-based action.
→ The Research Working Group aims to strengthen the evidence
base in order to guide action.
Increasingly complex supply chains demand specific technical and
managerial competencies to work effectively and efficiently towards
improved health outcomes.
→ The Technical Working Group aims to develop and disseminate tools,
guidelines and resources that will support a wide range of countrylevel
stakeholders in designing and implementing action plans to
sustainably strengthen health supply chain workforces.
For more information about the organizations and countries
participating in the People that Deliver Initiative, visit our website
at: http://www.peoplethatdeliver.org. The following organizations
are represented in the Initiative’s Board of Directors:
People that Deliver is developing resources
to foster information exchange and
networking between individuals and
organizations interested in improving
health supply chain management in
low- and middle-income countries.
A global, online platform in
English, French, and Spanish.
the Knowledge Gateway
An interactive platform for people
and organizations interested in
contributing to the Initiative.
A new online resource for finding
supply chain management courses.
Join the People that Deliver
mailing list and receive updates directly to
your email inbox. To join, send a request to:
For more information on the Initiative and
its member agencies, visit our website at:
Elaborated with financial support from USAID