Heart To Heart International Operations Study

Pre-Event Planning
Prepositioning of Inventory Worldwide
Heart to Heart (HHI)

Heart to Heart International (HHI) is a leading global humanitarian organization that works to improve health and to respond to the needs of disaster victims worldwide. HHI gets most of its supplies by gift-in-kind donations. Today, all donations have to go first to the Global Distribution Center (GDC), then to Forward Response Centers (FRC) when supplies are demanded. A model was developed to find optimal locations for HHI FRCs. Simulations also were run to find the impact of propositioning inventory for specific items in such FRCs, instead of being supplied by the GDC when solicited. Results indicate that the proposed network and inventory allocation would increase the ability of Heart to Heart International to respond to fast-onset disasters.

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