OADCPH, A REGIONAL NON-PROFIT DISTRIBUTOR IN AFRICA
CASE STUDY 7: AFRICAN ORGANISATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CENTRES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES (OADCPH)
OADCPH is a Togolese non-profit regional distributor that links international manufacturers with providers in Africa. OADCPH provides a network of 80 members in 30 African countries, including public and private rehabilitation centers, individual prosthetists/orthotists, NGOs, faith-based organizations and governments.
The annual fee is $80 and members must sign an ethical charter committing them to sustainable and affordable margins. OADCPH members benefit from negotiated rates based on high-volume orders placed with a pool of international suppliers. OADCPH has a 600 square meter warehouse to hold inventory and can deliver components to many countries in as little as 24 hours.
Because of its reputation and access to prosthetists/orthotists in Africa, OADCPH has been able to negotiate financing for its working capital needs with suppliers, offering extended payment terms to buyers in return. OADCPH also disseminates information about suppliers’ products to its members to enable more informed decisions regarding product selection and purchasing. OADCPH is currently piloting a project to 3D print
3D printing of orthotics with HI that aims to provide members in the region with orthotic components made from a central 3D printer located in its warehouse. OADCPH has also established a regional training center that offers a variety of training programs for prosthetists/orthotists and other rehabilitation professionals in technical skills, service unit management and administrative and professional development.