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Logistics Management Information Systems (LMIS)

National health systems rely on supply chain systems for the receipt, storage and distribution of health products to ensure timely access to adequate quantities of quality assured health products for the population in need. To ensure quality health products reach the right delivery points or the end users in a timely manner, supply chain managers need to have visibility of the activities in all functions of the supply chain, such as procurement, warehousing, inventory, and distribution.

A logistics management information system (LMIS) is a system of records and reports – whether paper-based or electronic – used to aggregate, analyze, validate and display data from all levels of the supply chain system that can be used to make logistics decisions and manage the supply chain. LMIS data elements include stock on hand, losses and adjustments, consumption, demand, issues, shipment status, and information about the cost of commodities managed in the system.

A strong LMIS can ensure data visibility throughout each function, and essential logistics data can be communicated for decision making.

The adoption of electronic logistics management information systems (eLMIS) can provide cost-effective means for health product data management and promote greater security of the health products in the supply chain compared with paper-based systems, thereby supporting better health outcomes. An eLMIS links storage facilities and health facilities with the central store to collect and distribute logistics data in real time.

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an eLMIS can help improve timely availability of data, but it will not solve problems related to data quality, data accuracy, data completeness, and timeliness of report submissions. A strong support team is needed to work with facilities to monitor and improve these aspects.

UNDP has established corporate Long Term Agreements (LTAs) for development and deployment of electronic logistic management information system (eLMIS) solutions. The GHSC HPS Team conducts the secondary bidding process to identify the service provider on behalf of the CO for Global Fund programmes and other health programmes. The LTAs together with a set of comprehensive SOPs are available here.

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