The inventory module of situation analysis, developed by the Population Council, has been adapted to help generate indicators of logistics system functioning suggested by the Evaluation Project and to provide an analytical framework that permits more accurate estimations of the frequency, location, and patterns of logistics problems. In 1996, the module was implemented in southern Peru. In 1997, the same module was implemented in the province of Santa and two provinces of Huancavelica. Comparable information was obtained from 149 service delivery points (SDPs) in four departments. Data include inventories of contraceptive supplies and materials required for safe delivery of contraception; frequency of contraceptive stockouts in the three months prior to the survey; service and distribution statistics required for calculating number of months of stock on hand; and potential or evident problems with storage practices or conditions. In this paper, data on material stockouts is cross-tabulated with the logistical framework within which each SDP is operating, based on the hypothesis that understanding problems in logistics systems functioning requires knowledge of the context in which SDPs are resupplied. An analysis of logistics systems that incorporates the supply chain may help program managers’ better tackle logistical problems in the future.
Noble, Jeanne and James R. Foreit. 1998. "Peru logistics chain analysis," INOPAL Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.