The World Health Organization (WHO) integrated medical supply system – WIMEDS is a proces-aware web-based system that aims at automatically coordinating the communication between different actors within the NTD department at WHO, and the rest of the world. Among others, WIMEDS is a crucial system: 1) to distribute Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) medicines and diagnosis kits with their correspondent pharmaceutical and logistic documents; 2) to plan, monitor and facilitate forecasting, transport, storage and access to medicines and diagnosis kits; 3) to gather the related epidemiological information about NTD cases, transmission routes, health facilities.
WIMEDS is developed by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and is one of the components of the WHO Information System to Control/Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (WISCENTDs) to gather and visualize epidemiological information and monitor and verify advances in the control/elimination/eradication of NTDs.
The main objectives of the WIMEDS are:
• to facilitate access to quality-assured diagnostic tests and antiparasitic medicines for diagnosis and treatment of NTDs;
• to promote correct prescribing practices and adherence to treatment;
• to strengthen routine surveillance by collecting epidemiological information related to cases detected and transmission routes; and
• to facilitate the availability of diagnostic kits and medicine forecasts in order to prevent shortages of medicines or the need to destroy expired medicines.
This platform is intended for use by all the actors involved in the procurement of medical supplies for affected populations, from the Ministry of Health to the manufacturer, through WHO and the other partners involved in their storage, transportation and administration (such as MSF Logistics).