Vanuatu will be embarking on a two year pilot program that will see use of mobile technology to manage the supply of essential medicines in all medical facilities.
The mSupply project is one of the most recent Australian funded project to Vanuatu, which was launched by the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop during her recent visit to Vanuatu.
A similar project is also piloted in the Solomon Islands, and according to Minister Bishop, if the two year program in Vanuatu proved successful, “the Pacific will be the multi country region in the world to use technology to create an environment of collecting supply data and that in turn will generate significant cost savings in regional procurement of medical supplies”.
Ms. Bishop explained that the project will provide opportunities to health workers, nurses and doctors to utilize technology to collect data, analyse that data and to respond in real time, “so that there is a database of information available”.
The AU$1.5m pilot project will be the solution to challenges in relation to supplies of medicines in health facilities.
“In this way, efficient cost and effective use of technology will see better outcomes in better medical supplies,” the Foreign Affairs minister said.