Supply chain expert to address fight against malaria

October 16, 2012 | Events, UToday, Business and Innovation, Honors, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
By Casey Cheap

When fighting malaria throughout the developing world, typically one believes there is a medical crisis to be solved, not necessarily a supply chain management problem.


But that is the point that will be made when the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the College of Business and Innovation, and the Honors College partner to present an address by Dr. Hokey Min, the James R. Good Chair of Global Strategy in the College of Business at Bowling Green State University.

Min will discuss the logistics of fighting disease in his talk, “Controlling Infectious Disease From the Supply Chain Perspective,” Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Schmakel Room.

He is internationally known for his efforts to fight malaria in Africa. His way of thinking outside the box has led to the distribution of bed nets and anti-malarial drugs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Min has a high priority regarding malaria because of the high mortality rate.

Min said he was shocked when he initially realized how easy it was in medical terms to prevent the infection and spread of malaria. As he told BGSU Magazine earlier this year: “It sounds manageable, at first. But there are huge issues involved in getting the bed nets and the medicines to those who need them most — those in remote areas where supply chain systems are notoriously unreliable and inefficient.”

His work in mapping supply chains recently was published in the International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management.

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