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MACS Software, a leading international specialist in warehouse management software, has recently installed its MACSwms (in Portuguese) in a third warehouse in Mozambique to help maintain efficient supplies of life-saving anti-viral drugs. All three warehouses are operated by CMAM (Central de Medicamentos e Artigos Médicos) and are partly funded by the US Government (via USAID) through SCMS (Supply Chain Management System) on the PEPFAR programme (President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief).
The first warehouse was established in Zimpeto in 2009 with the second following shortly after in Adil. This third facility is in Beira; there are plans for a fourth warehouse in Nampula in 2013.
The warehouses are run by CMAM, the division of the Mozambique Ministry of Health that is responsible for the management, procurement and distribution of all prescription-only medicines in the public sector of Mozambique. CMAM also distributes laboratory re-agents and test kits for HIV and Malaria. The warehouses also hold stocks of cold chain items, such as antibiotics, that require refrigeration or stringent temperature control.
MACSwms handles all stock control and dispatch for the warehouses. Until MACSwms was installed the organisation relied upon a basic stock management system. MACSwms now provides much better control to manage stock levels and workflow, provides stock rotation to keep products within their use-by dates, and forms part of the organisation’s security system to prevent losses though pilferage.
Tony Liddar, Managing Director for MACS Software, said that the project in Mozambique had been a great success. “It’s good to be involved in a project like this. Usually our efforts have a purely commercial benefit for our customers. In Mozambique, however, we have been able to make a real difference in helping SCMS save lives.”
MACS Software has provided warehouse management systems for a wide range of industries for the last 21 years. Its software is now trusted technology for general distribution, e-commerce, and third-party logistics operators worldwide.
Earlier this year, following a devastating earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak, MACS sent in reinforcements to get the SCMS (a delivery partner for USAID) warehouse, which despatches vital antiviral drugs, back to full operational capacity.
We all celebrated MACS Software’s 21st birthday recently with a staff trip to the Sutton Elms Go-Karting circuit in Leicestershire in order to let off a little steam. Some of the team showed a natural aptitude for thrashing around a race track – a far cry from our day jobs designing software for some of the world’s leading corporations.