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U.N. Bolsters Supply Chains to Prepare for Next Pandemic

The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) wants to improve its response to disease outbreaks by increasing visibility in supply chains.

It is developing an IT platform to visualize logistic networks and track critical items including protective gear and medical equipment in countries facing outbreaks.

The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which killed more than 10,000 people, required the use of 3m protective suits and manufacturers had to triple production to meet demand.

The international community's reaction to the 2014 outbreak was hindered by poor visibility of the supply of — and demand for — resources, WFP said.

A collaboration with Japanese firm NEC Corporation, the system "will promote timeliness and cost efficiency" by consolidating information on supplies and logistics and by analysing supply chain inefficiencies, WFP said.

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It is developing an IT platform to visualize logistic networks and track critical items including protective gear and medical equipment in countries facing outbreaks.

The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which killed more than 10,000 people, required the use of 3m protective suits and manufacturers had to triple production to meet demand.

The international community's reaction to the 2014 outbreak was hindered by poor visibility of the supply of — and demand for — resources, WFP said.

A collaboration with Japanese firm NEC Corporation, the system "will promote timeliness and cost efficiency" by consolidating information on supplies and logistics and by analysing supply chain inefficiencies, WFP said.

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