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Demand Sensing and Digital Tracking for Maternal and Child Health in Uganda

Yuehwern Yih of Purdue University in the U.S. will develop a cloud-based digital tracking tool to record data from local health centers in Uganda on the health status of pregnant women and the turnover of their stock, as well as diagnostic laboratory data, to optimize ordering and improve the availability of medical supplies. They will develop applications mimicking the current time-consuming paper-based registry formats to digitally record the relevant data, and adapt a material requirement planning system, which is used in manufacturing to track parts and maintain stocks. They will test their approach in two Ugandan hospitals to evaluate its effect on the efficiency of ordering and maintaining supplies, and on patient health.

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