Tupaia


Strengthening supply chain management systems for essential medical supplies in the Pacific and Timor Leste.


What does Tupaia mean?

Tupaia is named after a legendary Pacific Islander who was able to map the islands of the Pacific using the stars and natural cues including wind, birdlife and the direction of waves.

What is the problem?

Equipping rural health facilities across the Pacific with adequate life-saving medical supplies is an incredibly complex challenge.
Pacific leaders in healthcare have moved to adopt digital technology and have made good progress to improve availability.
But these new supply chain management systems are capable of doing a lot more.

How is the iXc assisting to source a solution?

We are investing an initial AUD 2 million in a collaboration with software providers mSupply and their partners Beyond Essential Systems to transform the availability of medical supply information in up to six participating partner countries in the Pacific region.

Our investment will supply participating partner governments with an easy to use digital dashboard showing real time essential medical information. Health planners and other key decision makers within local health systems will know where their medical supplies are stored even in the lowest levels of the system.

Front line nurse and pharmaceutical staff will be able to place and track their orders, digitally helping to further enhance availability in the areas where supplies are needed most. These additional capabilities will allow local health care systems to respond efficiently and effectively in times of major disease outbreak, natural disaster or other mass casualty events.

What is the aim?

The aim of this investment is to support participating Pacific Island Countries to improve the supply of good quality essential medical supplies to help reduce avoidable deaths.