The availability of drugs and other essential supplies determines the success of any health program. Without a reliable supply of contraceptives, a family planning program cannot serve its customers; without appropriate drugs, a tuberculosis program cannot offer treatment. An effective AIDS treatment program requires an uninterrupted supply of antiretroviral drugs. To forecast, quantify, and procure any commodity requires the ability to effectively and efficiently allocate existing and future resources as well as manage the procurement process. The efficient management of health commodities is imperative in the current environment of increasing demand and limited resources and this will be enhanced by effective management of the Supply Chain.
HOW PARTICIPANTS WILL BENEFIT
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Assess stock status,
- Apply supply chain principles to improve storage and warehousing
- Advocate for logistics and implement change in their own systems.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Individuals who are responsible for planning, managing, or monitoring family planning, AIDS prevention and treatment or other health commodity logistics systems at the national level, either in the public or private sector.
This course is also highly relevant for in-country managers from donor agencies that provide health commodities.
Specific responsibilities may include:
- Plans, implements, and/or assists with activities designed to strengthen the supply chain;
- Provides technical assistance on logistics;
- Uses information for planning and managing programs;
- Improves product availability;
- Responsible for the completion and receipt of LMIS records/reports;
- Determines order quantities;
- Responsible for the storage and distribution of health commodities;
- Assesses stock status at local and/or national levels.
Participants will engage in a range of activities, including simulation, case study, demonstrations and exercises which will provide participants with the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in topics such as:
- Logistics Management Information Systems;
- Inventory Control Systems;
- Storage & Quality Assurance;
- Logistics System Assessment, Monitoring & Evaluation;
- Interrelationship of Policy and Supply Chain;
- Basic forecasting;
- Basic quantification and procurement planning.