This guide is written for the DOH Philippines’ LMD. It can be used as support material in the training and development of new and existing staff involved in warehouse and distribution operations at all levels, particularly those who are involved in the process of receiving, putaway and storing, picking and packing, and dispatching of FP, TB, and other health commodities in DOH warehouses.
Department of Health Training Guide on Warehousing and Distribution of Family Planning, TB, and other Health Commodities in the Philippines
In Bangladesh, the Ministry’s Procurement and Logistics Management Cell (PLMC) made an assessment of the status of medical equipment that was no longer usable and explored the logistics in health facilities across the country to accelerate the disposal process. The PLMC and SIAPS conducted seven divisional workshops on condemnation of medical and non-medical items for all district- and sub-district-level health managers under the MoHFW to share the assessment findings, the disposal process, and how that process could be improved for effective logistics management as part of a hospital management system.
There has been a long‐recognized need of Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD) staff for a complete collection of documents representing the up‐to‐date warehouse management
standard operating procedures (SOPs) of CMSD: there was no such resource capturing all the
operational procedures, circulars, registers, office orders, and so on used in the different sections
involved in CMSD’s logistical activities. In answer to this need, CMSD management has taken the initiative to develop a single volume containing all the required documents they have been adopted into existing procedures over the years of operation.
The goal of warehouse operations is to satisfy client needs and requirements while effectively utilizing space, equipment, and labor. Warehouse management refers to the monitoring, control, and optimization of warehouse and transportation systems. The objectives of this assessment were to review the existing warehouse management system, including space, equipment, tools, and processes, and identify key requirements and technical specifications for the implementation of WMS technology that is tailored to the Republic of the Philippines’ public health supply system needs.
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. The assignment entailed conducting a rapid analysis of warehouse and distribution system capacity, including staff capacity, to identify gaps and validate previous findings, and then to design and implement customized warehouse system strengthening improvements as well as an appropriate HRCD&PI program. Information was gathered through record reviews and interviewing CECOMA management and key informants in the different operational units of the warehouse. Qualitative data were collected through one-on-one interviews and focus group discussions.
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.
In 2014, SIAPS supported the Ministry of Health (MOH), Central Medical Stores (CMS), and Swaziland Health Laboratory Services (SHLS) by conducting a workshop to build capacity and improve performance of staff that works in warehouse operations. The Imperial Health Services warehouse was used as a model to showcase warehousing best practices.
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.
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.
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