I’ve found these article specially interesting for our class because it explains how a NGO like doctors without borders tries to solve the logistic challenges that it has when a disaster occurs and they need to actuate fast.

Probably, one of the hardest tasks of an NGO is his logistical structure because they operate in a high degree of uncertainty. Even though they know that some areas are more vulnerable than other ones and for that they need to be better prepared, at the end they aren’t unable to predict exactly when and where the next disaster occurs.

Also, when they need to actuate they find themselves in a situation where the infrastructure of the zone can be much damaged and for that it’s even harder to get supplies. So at the start they need to elaborate some emergency plan in order to bring the goods at the area which can be very expensive and after that they try to elaborate their own chain supply. We can see the change from an expensive an fast chain supply to another one more focalized at cutting the costs of the organization.

At the end we can see a very flexible logistic strategy. They make the division of two teams, one in the field trying to calculate the needs of the zone and another one finding the best way to supply the area and provide the team in the field the goods that they ask. They just have to actuate fast and in a very uncertain situation so they must be prepared at all times and for that you just need a lot of people(that can be volunteers) and a rather expensive logistic system.

By: Daniel Puerto Moreno
Referenced by: Doctors without borders




    I find your article very relevant in the context of our guest lecture. To point out some similarities this type of organizations have worldwide, I would also like to give the example of the International Medical Corps, which is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. As the organization states, their main logistics tasks include planning, procurement, transport management, stock control, asset management and field communications set-up.Drawing a parallel with your point regarding the flexible strategy, IMC also mentions that flexibility is also crucial for them, as when an extreme situation occurs, they have to be ready to rapidly establish communication means and arrange transportation arriving team members, critical medicine and equipment.
    If anyone is interested in finding out how the IMC performs, I would advise accessing the following link:


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