When supplies are not available, the entire health system breaks down. Whether it is the availability of essential drugs to treat sick patients, diagnostic tests such as the rapid test for malaria (RDT) that can make the diagnosis or sterile gloves needed for a safe delivery, the availability of life saving commodities is . . . life saving. The UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities has identified 13 commodities that, if more widely accessed and properly used, could save the lives of more than 6 million women and children.
For this reason, D-tree International has partnered with groups such as JSI International and SMS for Life to improve the availability of commodities at the point of care. Using the power of decision support to track and report on usage drugs, diagnostic tests and other essential supplies, we are now able to report if a patient does not receive prescribed treatment for lack of supplies and trigger a response that rectifies the situation. Our initial work has focused on drugs needed for treatment of sick children at the community level but we are expanding to include other commodities needed throughout the health system.