This foundation level course is based on the 6 + 1 rights of a health supply chain: the right goods, the right quantity, the right cost, the right quality, the right place, the right time, and the right interventions, and is aligned with the 12 WHO interventions around rational drug use.
The course is available as a class-room course or as a self-paced e-learning course.
The success of a health programme depends on a reliable supply of essential medicines and other health products, to the health facilities. However, an organisation’s capability to select, forecast, procure, and deliver essential health supplies can be a major constraint.
Supply chain excellence requires that all of the functions of the supply chain work together efficiently. For example, decisions about product selection must inform decisions about distribution modes, frequency of delivery, and storage specification. Similarly, rational use of pharmaceuticals is critical for accurate quantification – which, in turn, affects procurement planning.
The supply chain strategy must consider these interactions and the associated trade-offs between alternative approaches.
This course is for those who are responsible for planning, procuring, distributing or monitoring health programme supplies. It is especially useful to those with a health professional background who have taken on responsibility within the health supply chain.
Specific positions include procurement officers, pharmacy managers, warehouse or distribution managers, health programme managers, information systems managers, staff of central medical stores, technical assistance providers and donors supporting commodity programmes.
The course objective is to increase participants’ understanding of procurement and logistics management within a health supply chain so they can make improvements in their organisation’s health supply chain based on their area of influence.
By the end of this course, participants will be able to
describe the interrelated components of an end-to-end health supply chain from the perspective of a rights-based approach;
identify the critical cross-cutting elements that need to be in place to ensure a sustainable and well-functioning health supply chain;
understand the issues experienced by supply chain personnel from other countries and organisations, and use these to reflect on their own circumstances; and
make improvements in their own health supply chain based on their area of influence.
Health supply chain management, the key supply chain functions, and stakeholders, in the context of the 6 + 1 rights of supply chain
The difference between ‘access’ to and ‘availability’ of essential medicines
Consequences of broken health supply chains
Attributes of well-functioning health supply chains
The policy and procedural framework for effective health supply chains
The rational use of medicines
The role of essential medicines lists
Resources to assist in a medical devices needs assessment
Effective donation policies and barriers to effective implementation
Quantification, and associated key activities
Quantification methods to determine requirements
Linking quantification to subsequent health supply chain management activities
VEN analysis to optimise the use of limited financial resources
How emergency situations may change procurement approaches
The differences between quality assurance and quality control
Quality assurance activities in the procurement cycle
Counterfeit and sub-standard medicines, and avoiding their entry into the marketplace
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to monitor performance
The guiding principles of public procurement
Procurement activities from requirement definition to supplier performance management
Procurement planning in an integrated supply chain
Right Place, Right Time
Components of a logistics and inventory management system
Logistics and inventory management activities
Key elements of cold chain management
Key principles to ensure appropriate storage of health commodities
Common downstream logistics and inventory management challenges
Reverse logistics and how it should be operationalised
Cross-cutting themes (classroom course only)
Supply chain design and the concepts of integration, segmentation and vertical supply chains
Performance monitoring and evaluation activities
Key human resources activities
Innovative approaches to integrate the supply chain
Registration costs $1,000 USD per person, tax inc. The registration fee covers five days’ training with an expert facilitator in a hotel venue; high-quality training materials and stationery; morning and afternoon refreshments; and daily lunches. Transport and accommodation are NOT included.
The self-paced e-learning course is available for $300, tax inc.
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