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Sierra Leone Project Update: A Preliminary Response to Controlled Disposal of Expired Products

SIAPS joined those involved in supply chain management in Sierra Leone to collaborate on a plan to handle products for reverse logistics and proper disposal. The turnkey activity of segregating, sorting, documenting, packing and preparing for collection by the district medical stores is part of the technical assistance the SIAPS Project supports in the country; namely, establishing and using a Continuous Results Monitoring System (CRMS) in nearly all health facilities. The CRMS tracks a series of indicators for medicine availability and disease case management, including storage adequacy, overstocks of medicines, and expiry management.

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Improving Storage Conditions through De-Junking at County Health Department Medical Stores in South Sudan

SIAPS provided technical and financial support for the de-junking of CHD medical stores in the sixteen counties of the two states. The exercise was completed over a period of one and a half years. CHD de-junking committees were formed to oversee the process. The committees were inclusive, comprising State Ministry of Health (SMOH) officers, county health department officers, public health officers, partner agencies, and security organizations. These committees were authorized by the Director Generals of the SMOH to be in charge and execute this exercise on their behalf.

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Guidelines for Redistribution of Excess and Near-Expiry Essential Medicines between Public Health Facilities in South Sudan

The increased shortages and stock-out of essential medicines have raised the need to understand the causes of medicine expiries and subsequently develop strategies for their prevention and management.The MOH has developed this document to empower health workers at all levels to redistribute medicines and supplies that are not needed or are about to expire. Therefore, the procedures presented in this document should be used as a guideline to manage and execute the redistribution of essential medicines by technical staff and health managers at health facilities and program levels.

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Report on Strengthening the Warehouse Management System for the Pharmacie Populaire du Mali

PPM is a strategic health commodities supply chain entity for the government of Mali. It operates under a performance contract with the government that is renewable every three years. The performance contract expects PPM to offer public health facilities and programs the best possible service level in terms of product availability and quality service.

Since its inception, PPM has strived to offer the best possible supply chain services, particularly procurement and distribution of health commodities, to its clients. However, while providing services, PPM has experienced a number of challenges, such as a low service level for essential health commodities, inadequate funding, and inadequate HR capacity in terms of both numbers and skills.

With an understanding of the challenges and in response to various assessments, reviews, and recommendations from stakeholders, PPM asked for technical assistance from the USAID- funded SIAPS Program to guide the best strategies to improve and strengthen PPM’s supply chain and SOPs. In response, SIAPS conducted an in-depth analysis of the current PPM operations and identified issues to be addressed, with a focus on the entire PPM supply chain system rather than just one or two areas of intervention. Among the areas assessed was the PPM MIS.

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New course on good governance in the management of medicines now available

From the development of sound policies and legislation, to the selection, procurement, and distribution of medicines; governance issues permeate all levels of the pharmaceutical sector and heavily influence the availability and accessibility of medicines and other health commodities. The USAID-funded SIAPS project is pleased to announce the launch of a new course on USAID’s Global Health […]

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July 2015 Bangladesh Newsletter

The overall goal of the SIAPS/Bangladesh program is to build the capacity of MOHFW and its key directorates—DGFP, DGHS, DGDA, and HED—and other indigenous institutions to efficiently and effectively manage their procurement and supply chain management activities. Special focus will be given to TB commodity management at all levels. Read about their progress toward this goal in their July 2015 newsletter.

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OSPSANTE: A New Tool for Tracking Health Commodities in Mali

In Mali, major weaknesses in the pharmaceutical sector include the lack of availability of regular, reliable pharmaceutical management information for decision-making and an inadequate and fragmented logistics system that fails to take the community level into account when planning for inventory management. As a result, stock-outs of lifesaving commodities are frequent at all health service delivery […]

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Technical Assistance to Strengthen the Angola Central Medical Warehouse System

The US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded program, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS), implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), has been providing technical assistance to the Angola Ministry of Health (MOH) to improve pharmaceutical management since 2011. An analysis of the Angolan public health supply chain system conducted in November/December 2012 found that the Central Procurement Agency for Medicines and Medical Supplies (Central de Compras de Medicamentos e Meios Medicos de Angola—CECOMA) needed to improve its warehouse management processes, update its procedures, review and improve its human resource capacity development strategies as well as develop and implement key performance indicators (KPI). The resulting report included short- and long-term recommendations and a high-level implementation plan.

The purpose of this activity was to design and implement warehouse operations system improvements for CECOMA, and to design and implement a human resource capability development and performance improvement (HRCD&PI) program based on the identified gaps.

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Plan Stratégique 2015-2019 de la Pharmacie Populaire du Mali

Le Gouvernement de la République du Mali a fait de la Pharmacie Populaire du Mali (PPM) un outil privilégié de l’exécution de sa politique nationale pharmaceutique en matière d’approvisionnement, de stockage et de distribution des médicaments essentiels, et dans ce cadre des engagements ont été pris par les parties prenantes, à travers un cadre juridique : le Contrat-plan entre l’État et la PPM. Pour une meilleure mise en œuvre du Contrat-plan, la PPM a élaboré un plan stratégique de cinq ans (2015 à 2019) dont la performance sera régulièrement évaluée, à travers les résultats obtenus dans la mise en œuvre de plans d’action annuels. Ce document est le tout premier plan stratégique de la PPM ; il a capitalisé ses acquis et arrivera à bout de ses défis pour exceller dans l’acquisition, le stockage et la distribution des médicaments essentiels, des dispositifs médicaux et des réactifs, à travers la pyramide sanitaire, à des coûts abordables.

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Warehouse Improvement Plan and Draft Operating Procedures for the Central Warehouses of the Directorate General of Health Services and the Directorate General of Family Planning in Bangladesh

This report summarizes technical findings and recommendations to assist two important supply chain management organizations that support the Government of Bangladesh’s (GOB) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). The first organization— the Ministry’s Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD)—is headquartered in Dhaka. It serves as the central procurement and distribution arm of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). The second organization—the central warehouse (CWH) of the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP)—is also located in Dhaka. It supports the DGFP’s family planning and reproductive health commodity storage and distribution requirements.

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