Prashant Yadav, one of the world’s foremost experts on pharmaceutical supply chains in emerging markets, is a senior research fellow at the University of Michigan’s William Davidson Institute and director of the institute’s Health Care Research initiative. He was previously a professor of supply chain management at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program and a research affiliate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics.
Prashant is an adviser and consultant to the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and the Government of Zambia. Recently, he worked on a project in Tanzania to study suppliers’ incentives for making artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) drugs available and affordable for the treatment of malaria. The Clinton Health Access Initiative is sponsoring this project with funding from the Gates Foundation.
Earlier in his career, Prashant served as a Senior Strategic Modeler at Health Products Research in New Jersey and as an Operations Consultant at KLG Systel and HOLTEC Consulting. Prashant is a Chemical Engineer by training and has an MBA and PhD in Management Science.
Supply Chain of Hope with Prashant Yadav #isharehope Episode 80
Summary: Prashant’s answer to the five questions! Listen to the full conversation on the player above; also available on iTunes, Stitcher and Soundcloud.
Question 1: How do you define hope or what is your favorite quote about hope?
It’s when someone who thinks about becoming better, making the society around them better feels that that is doable and that is doable through a concrete set of actions that they can take or people around them can take.
Question 2: Who has shared the most hope with you?
Lots of people. I’ve worked with people in very rural, remote parts of the world who have lots of constraints that they’re working within but I see that they are working and striving to become better and they have a clear plan on how to get better or how to achieve what they want to achieve. That’s the kind of hope inspiration that I am benefiting the most from. I think of them as a set of fragmented mentors which are spread around the world who I come across in my work as I travel.
Question 3: How have you used hope to make it through a difficult time in your life?
I think we need hope when we are stuck with situations requiring an individual who could be in a position of authority that can change a system very quickly to become a system that we want the supply chain to be for example. Oftentimes we come across a minister of health or a secretary of health in a country, we just hope that they will understand how what we are proposing is going to help their population. Those are instances where I had to hope that Mr. Minister of Health in country X, I hope they understand how important it is for them to fix some of these very simple supply chain things which have relatively simple solutions but often get ignored because they don’t look like things which are attractive or highly visible or politically a good thing to do.
My hope is that I can communicate the message in a way so that they can see that this will lead to country-planned betterment for them and the people they care most about, but oftentimes it’s about communicating hope or spreading hope through very effective communications.
Question 4: How are you sharing hope today?
A lot of people who work in health in developing countries, especially the ones who work on clinical aspects of medicines, they all think that they can change the lives of people by providing better healthcare. When I spend my days or evenings, its sharing hope with them that if you do your job right, there is a group of us who are working hard to ensure that the supply systems – to get things to you, to your clinic, to your patients. Those parts will work for you and therefore you can continue to focus on what is the best where you can progress and develop. That’s the sharing of hope that I most engage in.
The other part is sharing hope with young students who oftentimes feel that the university setting or other places of advanced learning are not places where they are able to do the kinds of things that matter to them. So as a university professor, I feel we have a need to share hope with them that what they do will truly translate into something that they aspire for and we are going to play our part to make that happen.
Question 5: How should I (the listener) begin to grow in hope or share hope today?
(1) Be cognizant of individuals around you in a society.
(2) Make sure that what you do and what you hope for is somehow connected and not an isolated ‘I hope I can achieve this’.
(3) Find out what others are hoping for.