Other Resources

We welcome you to explore other helpful resources created by the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, including resources like our software tools, technical toolkits, and guidelines. See related resources below for a full list.

ForLab Quantification Software Tool

The ForLab Quantification tool is an open source data solution that helps users develop multi-method forecasts of laboratory commodities in support of national quantifications, among other features.

Developed to support USAID and its partners’ health system strengthening efforts, the tool has been used in more than 23 countries to import high volumes of data for laboratory quantification. Under GHSC-PSM, the tool is being reviewed to see how it can best assist with current viral load scale-up priorities.

Laboratory and program managers use the tool for a variety of planning and preparation activities, including demand and supply planning and resource analysis. Ways the tool can help improve laboratory quantification include:

  • Focus data collection efforts to populate a standardized template
  • Reduce forecasting analysis time to minutes
  • Improve the reliability of the forecast
  • Develop evidence-based supply plans
  • Identify efficiencies within a laboratory network

ForLab Features

  • Evidence-based forecasts for service statistics (test numbers), logistics data (consumption), demographics (program targets)
  • Comparisons of forecasting methodologies to identify programmatic and commodity models, cost estimates, and costs associated with guideline shifts
  • Analysis actual and forecasted instrument utilization, diagnostics contribution, and instrument diversity

For More Information:

Please go to forlabtool.com for additional information and to receive a copy of the tool.

Lab EQIP Software Tool

The Laboratory Efficiency and Quality Improvement Planning (LabEQIP) tool is a GIS-based solution that helps improve laboratory network efficiency and advance quality service delivery through data-driven optimization.

Developed in partnership with LLamasoft and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the LabEQIP tool is for ministries of health, donors, and other key stakeholders who work in national laboratory health program development.

The tool most often is used to improve referral network optimization, external quality audit (EQA) monitoring and performance review, and human resources coverage. Other key areas where the tool can help include:

  • platform location optimization
  • point of contact integration
  • sample transport
  • instrument management
  • geographic prioritization
  • additional logistics considerations

Lab EQIP Features

  • Easy-to-use, open source tool that serves as a data repository for information relevant to laboratory network performance
  • Creates links between relevant data and provides users with the ability to visualize the laboratory system via maps, charts, etc.
  • Improves visibility into performance and resources over time to assess the effect of various interventions
  • Provides optimal referral assignments and opportunities for modeling laboratory network coverage to increase efficiency

Data Collection Requirements

For optimal tool performance, users will need to collect the following data for each unique geographic area:

Sites and Facilities Information

  • Geocodes (latitude, longitude) of each location
  • Facility Type
  • Facility Level
  • Facility Code
  • Equipment Types and Availability
  • Equipment Name
  • Test Type
  • Daily Max Throughput
  • Test Types
  • Test Type

Human Resources/Staffing Levels by Facility

Patient Numbers by Site

EQA Results

For More Information

A copy of the tool can be downloaded here. For more information, please email softwaretools@ghsc-psm.org.