Infant HIV Diagnostics: Supply Chain in Sub-Saharan Africa

Deo, S and Har, A B and Shields, B and Naware, M (2012) Infant HIV Diagnostics: Supply Chain in Sub-Saharan Africa. [Teaching Resource] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Roger Osayende, a former management consultant, must advise the Ministry of Health of Ektu, a fictional country in Central Africa, on how to implement a new point-of-care diagnostic test for infants with HIV. In Ektu, mothers often transmitted HIV infection to infants during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding due to inadequate resources to invest in prevention efforts. The existing procedure to diagnose infants with HIV required collecting dried blood samples at more than two hundred healthcare facilities around the country and transporting them to a central laboratory in the capital for testing. This process was characterized by significant delays due to long transportation times, batching of samples in transportation and processing in the lab, and concomitant congestion in the lab. This delay resulted in loss to follow-up, that is, lost patients due to mothers not collecting their infants' results. A new point-of-care device was about to be introduced, which would obviate the need for this centralized processing and the resulting diagnostic delay. The key decision under consideration is where to place the devices to maximize their effectiveness.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Item Type: Teaching Resource
Uncontrolled Keywords: Infant HIV, Diagnostics, Sub-Saharan Africa
Subjects: Health care and delivery
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2019 11:03
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2019 11:03
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/707
Publisher URL: https://hbr.org/product/infant-hiv-diagnostics-sup...
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