THE SUPPLY OF REHABILITATION CENTRES IN COMPONENTS AND MATERIALS .
For those who need them, access to mobility aids such as prosthetics, orthotics and wheelchairs is hampered by a variety of factors, including the cost of services. The cost of services is directly affected by factors such as the cost of products, high procurement costs, the complex and lengthy process of importing products, the variety of suppliers, etc. OADCPH’s association-based purchasing center was created to help assistive technology providers overcome these barriers.
OADCPH’s central purchasing office works tirelessly to provide mobility aid service providers in Africa with a wide range of quality products; at different levels of sophistication and price, allowing them to choose the most appropriate solution for their clients and the context in which they work. Not only does the purchasing center continually seek out new products, but it has also adopted a strategy to offer the most affordable prices to its customers by striving to :
- Adopt an approach centered on the pooling of requests: the central purchasing office aggregates the requests of its customers, allowing it to negotiate the lowest possible prices with manufacturers, so that its customers, regardless of the size of their orders, benefit from these grouped purchases;
- To keep its operating costs as low as possible;
- To keep the selling price as low as possible
Thanks to the central purchasing office it has set up, OADCPH makes available in Africa mobility aids, consumables, raw materials and rehabilitation equipment, by sourcing them from various international suppliers. It thus facilitates the acquisition to the various member rehabilitation centers and structures in the 34 African countries, mainly low and middle income countries, by contributing its skills, its expertise and its dynamism for a fast delivery by land, air and sea.
Today, OADCPH’s central purchasing office supplies 19 of the 50 products that are part of the “Priority list of products and technical aids”. It has today a 400 m2 warehouse with a capacity of about 100 tons.