The purpose, objectives, and activities of this program are designed to reflect the Government of Sierra Leone’s Health Sector Recovery Plan. Specifically, SIAPS will provide support for strengthening the supply chain system, including capacity-building activities that focus on district-and peripheral-unit levels to assist in restarting programs of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); the DDMS (which is responsible for coordinating and providing pharmaceutical services, including promoting rational use of medicines); the National Pharmaceutical Procurement Unit; and the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone.
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.
The main purpose of developing product codes for the PPM is to standardize and improve inventory management practices at the PPM, to provide input to the PPM’s product master list, and to integrate the list throughout the commodity information system. In addition, the codes will be used in the product catalogue for clients to order from.
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.
Building a Supply Chain Approach for an Improved Laboratory Sample Referral Network in the Dominican Republic
George A, Valdez C, Herrera M, Barillas E. Building a supply chain approach for an improved laboratory sample referral network in the Dominican Republic. Poster presentation at the People that Deliver Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. Published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice.
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