We have successfully installed our MACSwms software to run a fourth warehouse for the distribution of medical supplies for the Ministry of Health in Mozambique. The new facility (in Nampula) is the latest addition to enhance the effective storage and distribution of essential surgical supplies and medical equipment for hospitals in the country, thereby improving the service for local people.
In common with the other three warehouses (in Zimpeto, Adil and Beira), the Nampula site is operated by CMAM (Central de Medicamentos e Artigos Médicos), the central medical stores for Mozambique. We have equipped each facility with the latest MACSwms technology to help maintain efficient supplies of life-saving drugs. All the warehouses operate their MACSwms in their native language: Portuguese.
The MACSwms system helps to make procurement more accurate, prevents wastage and makes sure the right supplies reach people in good time. A Central Tool (CT) has also been developed by a local business intelligence consultancy, into which MACSwms feeds data from all warehouses. Data from facilities in the field, such as hospitals and clinics, is fed directly into the CT.
“This fourth warehouse completes the current phase of a project that is making a real difference to the local people in Mozambique,” said Tony Liddar. “Our local support team in Maputo has been an essential link in allowing us to identify, and react quickly to, our client’s needs.”
Mozambique is a country of close to 30 million people and the population is increasing by approximately 2.7% a year. Life expectancy is just 44 for women and 41 for men. Maternal death rates are 440 out of every 100,000 pregnancies (44 times that of the UK) and 127 out of every 1,000 children die in infancy. Over 1.2 million people have HIV. Many of the critical items needed by health centres do not reach them because of extremely challenging distribution infrastructure. The new distribution system from MACS Software will provide a level of efficiency and control to CMAM that has never been possible in the past, helping the people of Mozambique to live longer, healthier lives.
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.