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Strengthening the Supply Chain Governance Framework for Pharmaceuticals and Health Products in the Philippines

The Department of Health (DOH) is ultimately responsible and accountable for ensuring that Filipinos have access to quality health services. An effective supply chain is essential for DOH to ensure that lifesaving health products are available, accessible, and effectively used for clients.  Recently, the DOH has shown its commitment by creating the Supply Chain Management Unit (SCMU) in March 2016. SIAPS conducted a thorough desk review of previous assessments and DOH’s various internal SCM policies. SIAPS also helped coordinate meetings with various DOH offices to identify and validate current experiences in SCM and to obtain recommendations to strengthen SCM governance of DOH.

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Assessment of the Neglected Tropical Diseases Pharmaceutical Management System in Senegal

Supply chain constraints plague current neglected tropical disease (NTD) prevention and treatment programs. The rapid expansion of NTD control activities has not been without pharmaceutical and health system challenges. Inadequate NTD drug management in many countries has resulted in excess stocks, leading to waste resulting from drug expiry or stock-outs, leading to treatment interruption. SIAPS has received funding from USAID to support the Senegal MoH in strengthening the systems for NTD pharmaceutical management. The purpose of the technical assistance is to undertake a rapid assessment of the NTD pharmaceutical management system and understand the integration efforts. Technical review and recommendations have been provided by SIAPS personnel based in the SIAPS West Africa Offices and the office in Arlington, Virginia. SIAPS held meetings with the MoH NTD focal points and supply chain managers to ensure efficient delivery of technical support to the NTD programs, cross fertilization, sharing of lessons learned, challenges, and recommendations and to ensure that the implemented interventions are of the highest technical quality that focuses on country objectives.

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Training on Pharmaceutical and Medical Commodities Supply Chain Management in Humanitarian Response Settings

Most NGOs and partners who work with OFDA face significant challenges in pharmaceutical procurement and supply chain management (SCM) as well as difficulties complying with OFDA policies, procedures, and funding/donation requirements. OFDA seeks to ensure excellence in its operations and programs and continues to push for significant changes to establish a humanitarian aid system that is more nimble, effective, and accountable. To accomplish this, OFDA requested technical assistance from SIAPS to develop training materials and facilitate two rounds of training for staff of its collaborating humanitarian aid partners and local and international NGOs. This training will help to ensure that appropriate procurement and SCM is implemented for the delivery of quality-assured pharmaceuticals and medical commodities to conflict-affected, internal, and cross-border displaced people. The objectives of the training program were to build the capacity of humanitarian aid partner staff on humanitarian SCM for the effective delivery of pharmaceuticals and medical commodities.

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Pharmaceutical management considerations for expanded coverage of essential health services and financial protection programs

The UN adoption of the SDGs in 2015 signaled a strong commitment of member countries to the expanded access to essential health service agenda and definitively recognized the critical role of medicines in achieving UHC. The SDGs call for countries to “achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all”. This paper seeks to highlight the key functional areas of pharmaceutical management, the critical components of the pharmaceutical system, and the management considerations needed to facilitate the attainment of UHC targets.

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Challenges to Ensuring Adequate and Timely Funding for MNCH Commodities

As countries pursue the maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) targets established under Sustainable Development Goal 3, they will need to ensure the continuous availability of essential health commodities to prevent and treat the conditions that cause morbidity and mortality in those groups. Since the report of the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children (UNCoLSC) was published in 2012, much progress has been made to highlight the challenges countries face in ensuring access to essential commodities and to create resources to overcome these challenges. A major issue yet to be adequately addressed is financing for these life-saving commodities. SIAPS mapped the budget allocation, approval, disbursement, and reporting processes in the public sector for essential MNCH commodities in four countries—
Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, and Uganda—to inform the development of strategies and
interventions that will improve access to these commodities.

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Assessing Sub-National Procurement Practices of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Commodities in Kenya

The SIAPS Program works at both the global and country levels to improve pharmaceutical management systems that increase access to quality medicines. SIAPS has developed a methodology to assess sub-national procurement practices. This methodology was used in Kenya to assess county-level procurement practices for essential maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) commodities and to study the availability of essential MNCH commodities. The information gathered was used to generate recommendations to strengthen local procurement practices and overall procurement strategies.

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National Reproductive Health Commodities Forecasting Bangladesh 2017-2021

In 2012, SIAPS supported the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) in conducting a five-year (2012-2016) forecasting exercise for reproductive health commodities and built the technical capacity of DGFP officials to manage the forecasting processes and analyze the FP2020 indicators pertinent to stock availability. SIAPS also assisted DGFP in forming the multi-stakeholder Forecasting Working Group (FWG) to annually review needs and facilitate data-informed procurement decisions. The FWG uses data collected through information management platforms and conducts quantification exercises on the basis of the consumption of RH/FP commodities. The 2012 forecasting exercise helped DGFP avoid redundant procurement decisions by using good-quality logistics data and saved money. However, after 2016, it had to be updated with the latest data. Therefore, at USAID’s request, SIAPS worked with FWG and developed another five-year (2017-2021) forecast of RH commodities to enable evidence-based contraceptive procurement decisions. The goal is to optimize a data driven procurement system and minimize losses through expiry from overstocking.

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Strengthening Governance in Procurement in Bangladesh

Despite being one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the overall health in Bangladesh has steadily improved over the last 30 years. While the Government of Bangladesh’s efforts have resulted in impressive gains in public health, weaknesses in pharmaceutical management, including logistics and supplies, infrastructure, and the low performance of health care providers, remain obstacles to obtaining access to efficacious medicines and quality health services, particularly for the poor. SIAPS has been working closely with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) since 2011 to implement a series of systems strengthening interventions to support the government’s health objectives. Using a systems-based approach, SIAPS catalyzes effective leadership, good governance, and evidence-based decision making to strengthen procurement and supply chain systems.

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SIAPS Bangladesh Newsletter: January – June 2017

Inside this issue:

  • SIAPS Coorganizes D4D in Health Conference in Dhaka
  • Square Hospital Limited: A Journey Toward Medicine Safety in Bangladesh
  • 18th LCF Meeting Held
  • SIAPS Assists DGFP to Cope with Post-Fire Supply Management Challenges
  • DGDA’s GMP Inspection Capacity Strengthened
  • SIAPS Develops Interoperability between DHIS2 and e-TB Manager
  • Basic Logistics Management Capacity of DGHS Officials Enhanced
  • SIAPS Officially Hands Over SCMP to MOHFW
  • DGFP Officials’ Technical Capacity to Develop Quality Tender Documents Enhanced
  • Dissemination of DGDA’s Five-Year Strategic Plan in Bangladesh
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Amélioration de la disponibilité et de l’accessibilité des produits et médicaments essentiels par l’opérationnalisation d’un système d’information pour la gestion logistique en Guinée

Malgré d’importantes ressources financières consacrées par le Gouvernement et les partenaires au développement pour renforcer la chaîne d’approvisionnement des produits de santé, des insuffisances majeures entravent le fonctionnement effectif du système de logistique en Guinée. Le programme SIAPS travaille avec le ministère de la Santé pour l’amélioration du système d’information. Dans le souci de rendre disponibles les données logistiques de routine pour des décisions plus éclairées, la DNPM et SIAPS ont pris la décision au second semestre 2016, de redynamiser le système de logistique intégrée avant la fin de l’année 2017. Trois actions majeures ont été abordées, à savoir : la révision annuelle des procédures du Système de logistique intégrée, la mise en œuvre du Manuel de procédures à tous les niveaux de la pyramide sanitaire et la mise en place d’une Unité de gestion logistique pour les produits de santé.

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