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Managing funerary systems in the pandemic: lessons learned and an application of a scenario simulation in São Paulo City, Brazil

Irineu de Brito Jr (Civil Defense, São Paulo State Government, São Paulo, Brazil) (Environmental Engineering, Unesp, São José dos Campos, Brazil)
Manoel Henrique Capistrano Cunha (Paragon Decision Science, São Paulo, Brazil)
Luiz Antonio Tozi (Fatec São José dos Campos, Centro Paula Souza, São José dos Campos, Brazil)
Luiz Augusto Franzese (Paragon Decision Science, São Paulo, Brazil)
Márcia Lorena da Silva Frazão (Graduate Program in Logistics Systems Engineering, USP, São Paulo, Brazil)
Adriano Bressane (Environmental Engineering, Unesp, São José dos Campos, Brazil)

Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 2042-6747

Article publication date: 31 March 2021

Issue publication date: 19 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study, a practice forum article, aims to presents the lessons learned and the development of a discrete event simulation model to support the funerary system management of São Paulo City, Brazil, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Design/methodology/approach

A discrete event simulation model was developed by the authors as soon as the pandemic affected the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Based on the model, several scenarios with varying minimum, median and peak demands (i.e. the number of deaths) were tested and evaluated. The lessons learned from the scenario analysis and implementation of the decision-making of the city government of São Paulo are discussed in this article.

Findings

The lessons learned about the coordination, inventory management and other operational characteristics in funerary logistics during the pandemic are shared with a model, which quantifies the demand for vehicles, coffins, graves and teams in the cemeteries in different simulated scenarios.

Practical implications

The São Paulo State Civil Defense used this information during the pandemic to prepare the funerary system of the municipality.

Social implications

The study presents methods to mitigate the sanitary, environmental and psychosocial problems related to the funerary system.

Originality/value

Studies on funerary systems are scarce. This study presents the results that supported the dimensioning of the funerary system during the pandemic and operational lessons about the logistics to support decision-making in future events.

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Acknowledgements

This research was supported by Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), grant number Pró-Alertas 88887.091746/2014-01

Citation

de Brito Jr, I., Cunha, M.H.C., Tozi, L.A., Franzese, L.A., Frazão, M.L.d.S. and Bressane, A. (2021), "Managing funerary systems in the pandemic: lessons learned and an application of a scenario simulation in São Paulo City, Brazil", Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 481-492. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHLSCM-09-2020-0078

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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