In Bangladesh, contraceptive commodities are received at the peripheral level (thana and below) from thana stores on a monthly basis by using the “pull” system. It is expected that at any point in time a worker or a center at the peripheral level will have a two-to-three-month stock of contraceptives. Many surveys/studies have indicated, however, that stockouts of contraceptives are quite frequent. To investigate an improved system of contraceptive distribution, a three-cell experimental study was undertaken. In the first two cells, contraceptives were delivered following two methods of the “push” system, while in the third cell contraceptives were distributed following the existing system “pull” system. The field experiment lasted for a period of six months. The results of the study are presented in this report.
Choudhury, Abu Yusuf, Iqbal Ahammed, and Amy Gale Dunston. 1995. "An investigation of alternative approaches to contraceptive logistics management at the peripheral level," Asia & Near East Operations Research and Technical Assistance Project Final Report. Dhaka: Population Council and PIACT, Bangladesh.
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