Infant HIV Diagnostics: Supply Chain in Sub-Saharan Africa Harvard Case Solution & Analysis

Roger Osayende, a former management consultant, must inform the Ministry of Health Ektu, a fictional country in central Africa, on how to introduce a new point of-care diagnostic test for children with HIV. In Ektu, mothers often transmitted HIV infection to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding due to a lack of resources for investment in prevention activities. The current procedure for diagnosis of children with HIV requires the collection of dried blood samples from more than two hundred medical facilities across the country and transporting them to a central laboratory for testing to the capital. This process is characterized by significant delays due to long transportation, dispensing samples in transportation and processing in the laboratory, and related congestion in the laboratory. This delay led to the loss of observation, that is lost patients because the mother does not collect the results of their babies. The new point-of-care device was to be introduced, which would eliminate the need for the centralized processing and as a result of late diagnosis. Key decision where to place the device under consideration to improve their efficiency. "Hide
by Sarang Deo, Avidan Ben Hare, Bill Shields, Mihir Naware Source: Kellogg School Management 24 pages. Publication Date: January 6, 2012. Prod. #: KEL609-PDF-ENG

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