Medline recently resumed its Global Health Initiative international trips after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, with employee volunteers traveling to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The group of 11 led a skills-based project intended to strengthen supply chain systems and inventory management protocols for Community Empowerment (CE), a nonprofit organization and Medline partner providing essential healthcare in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Launched in 2017, Medline’s Global Health Initiative seeks to eliminate barriers to care in low-resource settings by leveraging employees’ skills and expertise to improve operating room efficiency, supply chain management and health education.
Improving inventory visibility
In Santo Domingo, Medline built upon a multi-year partnership with CE focused on reducing supply costs by improving inventory visibility. Employees spent the week establishing a new, functional Medline-funded warehouse for CE, conducting inventory counts, updating the organization’s inventory management system, and training staff on procurement protocols to ensure a sustainable solution.