Global Health Commodities Supply Chain in the Era of COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges, Impacts, and Prospects: A Systematic Review

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Mekonen, Z. T., Fenta, T. G., Nadeem, S. P. and Cho, D. J. 2024. Global Health Commodities Supply Chain in the Era of COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges, Impacts, and Prospects: A Systematic Review. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. 17, pp. 1523-1539. https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S448654
AuthorsMekonen, Z. T., Fenta, T. G., Nadeem, S. P. and Cho, D. J.
Abstract

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic led to the most substantial health crisis in the 21st Century. This pandemic interrupted the supply of essential commodities for human beings. Among the essential commodities for human survival, disruption of the supply of essential health commodities has become a global concern.

Objective: The study aimed to systematically analyze published articles on the challenges, impacts, and prospects of the global health commodities’ supply chain in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods: A standard searching strategy was conducted in seven research databases to retrieve pertinent articles. Finally, 459 articles were retrieved for further screening, and only 13 articles were selected for final synthesis.

Results: Almost 38.5% of the studies targeted the supply chain of health commodities used to treat HIV, TB, and malaria. Lockdown policies, travel restrictions, lack of transportation, low manufacturing capacity, and rising costs were the significant challenges indicated for the supply interruption of essential health commodities and COVID-19 vaccines. Findings indicated that the supply interruption of essential health commodities leads to a devastating impact on global health.

Conclusion: Global medicine shortages due to the pandemic crisis can have a devastatingly harmful impact on patient outcomes and might result in a devastatingly long-lasting effect on the health of the world community. Supply-related challenges of the COVID-19 vaccine affect countries’ ambitions for achieving herd immunity quickly. Monitoring the pandemic’s effect on the health commodities’ supply system and designing a short-term and long-term

Keywordsglobal supply chain; health commodities; health product; pharmaceuticals; challenges; opportunities; COVID-19 vaccine
Year2024
JournalJournal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Journal citation17, pp. 1523-1539
PublisherDove Medical Press
ISSN1178-2390
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S448654
Web address (URL)https://www.dovepress.com/global-health-commodities-supply-chain-in-the-era-of-covid-19-pandemic-peer-reviewed-fulltext-article-JMDH
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