Up to 1998, four family planning and health programmes of the international donor community under the leadership of the World Bank had assisted Bangladesh in improving the health situation and reducing the population growth of the people. A large part of these programmes covered the provision of contraceptives and other supplies. In a recent study of the Bangladeshi consulting agency READ it has been claimed that some 31% of oral contraceptives provided to the country do not reach the target population as has been planned for. This is mainly due to losses within the logistics system and use of supplies for non-intended purposes. In order to ensure that wastage will be reduced in the 5th programme, KfW commissioned a study to design control systems to detect losses within the control system.
To investigate shortfalls and problems in the distribution system for family planning devices and to elaborate an action plan for establishing a comprehensive commodity monitoring and auditing system, the expert team completed the following tasks: - Analysis of existing studies - Analysis of the existing logistics system - Evaluation of staff qualification - Design of an internal logistics control system and an improved independent auditing system with a timetable and indicators to measure improvements - Elaboration of draft terms of reference for a Procurement and Logistics - Support Consultant for the forthcoming KfW-financed project component