ABT Associates: Scaling Indoor Residual Spraying for Malaria Prevention in Africa

by: Ravi Anupindi, Colm Fay

Publication Date: February 11, 2013
Length: 36 pages
Product ID#: 1-429-272

Core Disciplines: Base of the Pyramid, Operations Management/Supply Chain

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In the summer of 2011, Abt Associates was awarded a contract to implement indoor residual spraying (IRS) in up to 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa based on successes the company had with its IRS program in Uganda. Abt Associates implemented a number of changes in supply chain management after the first spray round of the Uganda project, including getting community buy-in and involvement, as well as tracking of equipment and supplies—all with excellent results. The procurement process for the new sub-Saharan project had come to a close, and Abt Associates had to present a work plan to the client in just four weeks. Abt Associates Portfolio Manager Susan Scribner decided to visit with Chief of Party of the Uganda office J. B. Rwakimari in Kampala to examine how to best apply lessons from the Uganda project on a larger scale.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Examine how Abt Associates improved its Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) program by obtaining community buy-in and involvement, as well as, keeping better track of its equipment and supplies.
  • Analyze how the IRS program can be replicated, and if lessons learned in supply chain management would prove equally effective in countries with different cultures andhealth care infrastructures.
  • Examine how to best apply lessons from the Uganda project on a larger scale.