Multiproduct Humanitarian Healthcare Supply Chains: A Network Modeling and Computational Framework

Proceedings of the 23rd Annual POMS Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 20-23, 2012

30 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2010 Last revised: 27 Feb 2012

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Anna Nagurney

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Isenberg School of Management - Department of Operations and Information Management

Min Yu

University of Portland - Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. School of Business Administration; University of Massachusetts Amherst - Isenberg School of Management - Department of Finance and Operations Management

Qiang Qiang

Pennsylvania State University - Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies

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Date Written: February 25, 2012

Abstract

In this paper, we develop a model for supply chain network design in the case of multiple products, with particular relevance to humanitarian healthcare. The model allows for the determination of the optimal capacities of supply chain network activities in the form of manufacturing, storage, and distribution, as well as the optimal multiple product flows, and identifies at what minimal total cost the demands for the products at the various points are achievable. The model may be utilized for the determination of the optimal allocation of resources for multiple vaccine and medicine production, storage, and distribution to points of need in the case of disasters, epidemics, or pandemics. The model is sufficiently general to handle supply chain network design, as well as redesign, and can be used by organizations to quantify the humanitarian healthcare supply chain costs in a transparent way to stakeholders, including governments and funding agencies.

Keywords: humanitarian supply chains, multiproduct supply chains, network design / redesign, healthcare, vaccine production, medicine production, pharmaceuticals

Suggested Citation

Nagurney, Anna and Yu, Min and Qiang, Qiang, Multiproduct Humanitarian Healthcare Supply Chains: A Network Modeling and Computational Framework (February 25, 2012). Proceedings of the 23rd Annual POMS Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 20-23, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1636294 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1636294

Anna Nagurney (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Isenberg School of Management - Department of Operations and Information Management ( email )

Amherst, MA 01003-4910
United States

Min Yu

University of Portland - Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. School of Business Administration

Portland, OR 97203
United States

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Isenberg School of Management - Department of Finance and Operations Management

Department of Operations and Information Managemen

Qiang Qiang

Pennsylvania State University - Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies ( email )

30 E. Swedesford Rd
Malvern, PA 19355
United States

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