Healthcare Supply Chain


A strong health supply chain is the backbone of a health system. However, in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), health supply chains do not work well. Patients and healthcare providers lack reliable access to affordable, high-quality medicines, which can lead to poor health outcomes.

WDI collaborates with private companies and governments to improve health supply chain efficiency and effectiveness in LMICs. As an applied think tank affiliated with a university, our projects bridge the gap between theory and practice. We create market-based solutions to the challenges faced by those designing, funding, and operating health supply chains in these countries.

What We Do

WDI’s Healthcare Supply Chain team focuses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the systems that make medicines and other health products available to patients and healthcare providers in LMICs. We work with public and private entities to address current health supply challenges and prepare for the trends that will shape future health product demand. Our methods include:

  • Identifying performance bottlenecks in health product supply chains and developing targeted recommendations to address the root causes of those bottlenecks
  • Translating principles and best practices from private sector supply chains for use in publicly-operated LMIC supply chains
  • Building quantitative models to simulate supply chain cost and performance across different design and demand scenarios
  • Conducting interviews with key private sector opinion leaders, government officials, and country partners to understand important supply chain policy priorities and approaches
  • Creating evidence-based advocacy materials for targeting investments in health product supply chains in LMICs
  • Providing thought leadership on LMIC health product supply chain trends and opportunities through in-depth literature reviews, conference presentations, white papers, and articles for academic journals

How We Engage

We employ an approach that involves a client-specific combination of WDI staff, and University of Michigan faculty advisors and top-level MBA student teams from the Ross School of Business, who contribute field research and strategic thinking to the development of relevant, viable, and implementable solutions to specific challenges. This approach enables WDI to deploy a lean team that leverages existing resources to increase the return on our partners’ investments and allows WDI to remain nimble and focused on identifying innovative solutions that draw on multidisciplinary expertise.


Extensive Experience We have over 25 years of experience in addressing the challenges of viable and profitable business models for companies seeking to engage in emerging economies.
World-class Academic Institution We have the ability to leverage world class academic and multidisciplinary expertise at the Ross School of Business and other schools and colleges at the University of Michigan.
Partnerships We have developed strong relationships with partners, including hospitals, clinics, nonprofits, and multinational companies across developing countries.
Proven Expertise We have proven expertise in designing business models, testing strategies through piloting projects, and evaluating solutions for effectiveness and scalability.
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