Currently millions of people across the developing world suffer from preventable illnesses as the result of drug shortages, which not only harm patient health but also increase costs for the central health system. Astonishingly, health clinics can experience stock-outs of medication even when the central medical warehouse contains abundant supplies. The reason for this: health clinics in the developing world continue to keep their inventory records on paper due to the lack of computers or barcode scanners, and there is no integration of this data into a centralized system. Ineffective (or nonexistent) communication of these records between the central medical supplier and outlying health clinics leaves the supplier unable to predict when and how much to restock, resulting in inadequate supply shipments that harm patient outcomes and chip away at community trust of the clinic and its staff.
Project SAM (SMS Accounting Management) is a platform that allows healthcare systems in developing countries to effectively integrate their inventory records and efficiently manage supply shipments through basic feature-phones. Feature-phone subscription rates exceed 100% in several sub-Saharan & South American countries, and Project SAM leverages this existing hardware to allow health clinic staff to text in their inventory records to an online database overseen by the central medical supplier. With the digitalization of this vital information, the central medical distributor is able to easily monitor inventory across multiple health clinics and estimate when new provisions are required. In addition, this data can be used to analyze supply trends, make future projections.
Our team consists of six people with varied and unique backgrounds suited to developing and implementing Project SAM. Comprised of students from the University of Chicago, our team includes individuals with working experience in China, India, and Egypt where they observed a lack of effective business practices where a platform like Project SAM could have assisted. Our team is primarily led by the following people, in addition to fluent Spanish speakers and individuals passionate about helping developing communities internationally:
Please feel free to contact Daniel Yu (CEO) atif you would like more information or if you have any questions about Project SAM.