A supply chain analysis of ready-to-use therapeutic foods for the Horn of Africa

UNICEF | 15 May 2009 | 0 comments

© UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0335/Olivier Asselin

The UNICEF-commissioned Nutrition Articulation Project sought to identify potential gaps and areas for improvement in the complete supply chain of Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Food (RUTF) from manufacturer to the child. 

Because this was the first of such analyses, the project also documented the process and methodology to aid future supply chain improvement projects in the nutrition sector. 

The Report identified several activities to improve the supply chain of RUTF:

  • Preposition buffer stock regionally to decrease lead times and improve delivery. 
  • Diversify the RUTF supplier base to better serve global needs. 
  • Increase collaboration with donors and implementing partners to improve forecasting and the predictability of funding. 
  • Improve the data quality of forecasted need for RUTF. 
  • Improve information flow through increased transparency and new information communication mechanisms. 
  • Improve tracking through harmonized key performance indicators for lead time, landed cost, quality and access.
All of these recommendations have now been implemented.

To view the full Report, click here.

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