Katherine O'Kelly
Director, Quality Systems Technical Services Validation
Dublin, Ireland
NGO Partner: 
Management Sciences for Health
Assignment Location: 
Nairobi, Kenya
May – August 2013
Fellowship Title: 
Supply Chain Fellow
Fellow Biography: 

Kathy has worked at Pfizer since 2002, initially as Associate Director for Information Technology compliance at the Grange Castle Biopharmaceutical manufacturing site start-up. Currently Kathy is a team leader in the Global Quality organization, Quality Systems Technical Services ývalidation team responsible for the quality assurance oversight of core/center computerized systems such as logistical and enterprise resources planning systems, laboratory information systems and documentation and training systems.

Kathy has supported multiple logistical supply systems during her time at Pfizer which will provide valuable experience for her to use as a Fellow with Management Sciences for Health (MSH). MSH works with the Government of Kenya to improve the supply chain for medicines and health commodities across the country. In 2012-2013, GHF will assist MSH in developing a master supply chain plan for the country; define and set quality assurance standards for health commodity providers; and determine the information needs of suppliers, warehouses, hospitals, clinics and pharmacies across the supply chain. During Kathyýs Fellowship, she will assist MSH in its work with Kenyan authorities and providers to build a sound supply chain plan and introduce quality and information flow improvements.

Kathy is excited to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the challenges facing pharmaceutical logistical supply systems in developing countries. She believes that she will return from her assignment having further developed her technical, problem solving and communication skills to apply to her work at Pfizer.

MSH is a nonprofit international health organization with the mission of saving lives and improving the health of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.