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Global crises test humanitarian supply chains

Global crises test humanitarian supply chains

This article excerpt was written by Yuehwern Yih, and was originally published on the Purdue College of Engineering Medium Blog on March 13th, 2023
Yuehwern Yih
Yuehwern Yih, LASER PULSE academic director and Purdue industrial engineering professor, in a Ugandan health center’s supply room, leads a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges project to strengthen medical supply chain.


"The war in Ukraine, the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, flooding in Pakistan, an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, drought conditions in South Sudan and Somalia, and civil unrest in Myanmar are merely a few of the current or recent global crises requiring humanitarian aid. And it’s not only a question of securing the funding and goods to provide that relief; even when there is a great supply of donations, there always are vexing challenges in developing the right supply chain to deliver crucial goods and services to the people who need them.

We recently convened a panel, hosted by LASER PULSE (a program funded by the United States Agency for International Development to create research-driven solutions for developing countries) and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), to focus on a variety of disruptive innovations in humanitarian supply chains that are aimed at overcoming these hurdles."


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Yuehwern Yih, Academic Director, LASER PULSE,


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