Feb 20 Freeman Seminar Prof. Karthik Natarajan

Humphrey School of Public Affairs Presents:

Running Out of Supplies for Reproductive Health in Developing Countries: Causes and Solutions

About this event:

Karthik Natarajan, Assistant Professor
Carlson School of Management
Feb. 20th, 12:45 to 2 p.m.
The Stassen Room 170 - Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis MN

Reliable access to contraceptives remains a challenge in developing countries, and stock-outs at health facilities are quite common. Professor Natarajan and his colleagues have investigated how different factors such as a health facility’s geographic location and product variety impact the likelihood of stock-outs.

In addition to analyzing the factors that drive stock-outs, they have also explored the effect of two commonly used inventory management practices that have the potential to serve as mitigation mechanisms to reduce stock-out risk. The estimate models using data from a novel field dataset assembled together with data collected from more than 3900 health facilities across five developing countries: Bangladesh, Haiti, Malawi, Senegal and Tanzania. The study’s findings hold important implications for resource allocation and supply management of health commodities in developing countries.

About the Freeman Seminars

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy has sponsored workshops on global economic and other policy issues since 1991. These forums provide a place where researchers on international policy issues and Minnesota's business and public sectors can share ideas.
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