The Emergency Supply Chain (ESC) Playbook is a USAID-funded tool designed to assist in preparedness and response to infectious diseases, including coordination of people and processes, managing commodity distribution and delivery of needed commodities.
The Botswana team consists of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Central Medical Stores, Botswana Post, USAID and GHSC-PSM. The team met weekly to work towards agreements on multiple aspects of emergency response, including governance and organizational structures, funding and finance, triggers, warehousing, commodity forecasting and planning, procurement and sourcing, and data visibility.
In October 2020, their activities culminated with an in-person and virtual simulation exercise where both local and international stakeholders tested the playbook components developed over the preceding months. 32 people attended in person and seven virtually.
The playbook defines organizational roles, coordinates people and processes, commodity distribution management and delivery through existing supply-chain networks. It includes a management checklist, ESC preparedness overview, response job aids and a quick response guide.