Africa’s health commodity supply chains are stretched to maximum capacity. They are required to store, track and deliver an everexpanding number of vaccines, medicines and health products, and this is only set to increase further in coming years. To meet the demands, supply chains are in need of modernisation across all areas – from data systems and cold chains to distribution systems and improvement planning. The most crucial factors for success, however, are the people who manage these systems at all levels, who need to make optimal decisions and develop strong teams that are capable of delivering sustainable change.
The STEP programme is based on an academic framework of professional competencies for supply chain managers developed by the People that Deliver initiative¹. Crucially, it also brings in private sector innovation from logistics leader United Parcel Services (UPS) and Skillsoft, an educational technology company.