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Humanitarian logistics and disaster relief operations face numerous challenges due to the unique nature of emergencies, the complexity of logistics activities, and the urgency of delivering aid to affected populations.


Health and humanitarian supply chains in Africa face numerous challenges, exacerbated by factors such as inadequate infrastructure, limited access to healthcare facilities, political instability, and frequent natural disasters. The vast and diverse geography of the continent presents logistical hurdles in the timely delivery of essential medicines, medical equipment, and humanitarian aid to remote and hard-to-reach areas. Additionally, supply chain disruptions, including stockouts, transportation bottlenecks, and customs delays, further impede the efficient distribution of critical supplies, particularly during emergencies such as disease outbreaks or humanitarian crises. Moreover, issues such as weak governance, corruption, and insufficient funding pose significant barriers to the effective management and coordination of health and humanitarian supply chains, hindering the delivery of life-saving assistance to those in need. These challenges require collaborative efforts from governments, international organizations, NGOs, and private sector partners to strengthen supply chain resilience, improve infrastructure, enhance coordination mechanisms, and ensure equitable access to essential healthcare services and humanitarian assistance across Africa.

What We Do

We conduct research to identify and address key challenges to improve efficiency, transparency, and resilience. Our approach includes conducting comprehensive need assessments and gap analyses through stakeholder engagement and data collection. We map supply chain systems, evaluate processes, and integrate innovative digital solutions like blockchain and AI for real-time tracking and demand forecasting. Our solutions aim to strengthen infrastructure, optimize logistics, ensure accountability, and improve last-mile delivery, ultimately enhancing the availability and reliability of health and humanitarian supplies.

Key Research Focus Areas

Here are some key research focus areas:

  1. Last-Mile Delivery and Accessibility: Investigating strategies to improve the accessibility and efficiency of last-mile delivery for essential health supplies and humanitarian aid in remote and underserved areas, including the use of innovative transportation solutions and community engagement approaches.
  2. Supply Chain Resilience and Emergency Preparedness: Studying the resilience of health and humanitarian supply chains to various disruptions, such as pandemics, natural disasters, and conflict, and developing strategies to enhance preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.
  3. Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance: Examining quality assurance processes and regulatory frameworks governing the procurement, storage, and distribution of health products and humanitarian aid, and ensuring compliance with international standards and guidelines.
  4. Information Management and Technology Solutions: Exploring the role of information management systems, data analytics, and technology solutions in improving supply chain visibility, traceability, and decision-making processes for health and humanitarian organizations.
  5. Partnerships and Collaboration: Investigating the role of partnerships and collaboration among government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector entities, and local communities in strengthening health and humanitarian supply chains, fostering coordination, and leveraging resources.
  6. Ethical Sourcing and Social Responsibility: Examining issues related to ethical sourcing, fair labor practices, and social responsibility within health and humanitarian supply chains, and promoting transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior among supply chain stakeholders.
  7. Policy Analysis and Advocacy: Analyzing policy frameworks, regulations, and governance structures affecting health and humanitarian supply chains, and advocating for policy reforms and investments to strengthen supply chain resilience, ensure equitable access to essential health services, and support humanitarian operations.


Established in 2019, the African Institute for Supply Chain Research (AISCR) provides supply chain research, education, outreach, and networking solutions for a better Africa.





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