Building Resilient Supply Chains For Healthcare

Building Resilient Supply Chains For Healthcare

With the flow of goods severely curtailed following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, there is a newfound urgency among healthcare players to shield their supply chains from future shocks.

The crisis has put a spotlight on the vulnerabilities of global supply chains when faced with disruptions from extreme events. The cracks that emerged resulted in widespread shortages and surging prices of critical medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) at a time when they were needed most.

After years of chasing supply chain efficiencies, governments and healthcare providers around the world now realise that this has come at the expense of resilience. Healthcare facilities tend to hold medical supplies to last only a few days, but this proved to be woefully insufficient when demand for PPEs and other equipment spiked as a result of the pandemic. In the U.S, for instance, prices for isolation gowns soared by 2,000 percent by April last year…

Community resilience strategies in California

As we’ve discussed at length on The Response podcast, climate change-fueled disasters are destructive, scary, and rapidly increasing in both frequency and impact all over the world.

The flood waters covered Sanford Road, just north of Sebastopol (California). During heavy storms, it’s common for Sanford Road to flood. Photo by Patrick Dirden CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

At this point, half of the global population has been affected by at least one climate change-fueled disaster (and the other half isn’t far behind).  And California has been a microcosm of the global climate emergency.

For the past decade, communities across the state have faced severe challenges on multiple fronts — from extreme fires and flooding to earthquakes and the COVID-19 pandemic.  But how have they responded and what community resilience strategies have proved most successful?

In this episode of The Response, we explore some of the answers to these questions with two guest speakers…

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