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Nigeria and Kenya exchange health supply chain knowledge

March 26, 2018

Pamela Steele Associates (PSA) in collaboration with the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) is hosting a supply chain South-South Knowledge Exchange (SoSoKE) event in Nairobi with the Nigerian State ministries of health (MoH) of Gombe, Kaduna and Niger. The event runs from 26th to 29th March 2018.

Health supply chain managers in Nigeria face numerous challenges. These include lack of capacity, poor visibility of the supply chain, and uncoordinated intervention programs. These result in high costs and insufficient lifesaving medicines at hospitals and clinics.

In response, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is funding the health supply chain transformation programmes of several Nigerian states.  The pioneering initiative includes: system design; data visibility and analytics; outsourcing warehousing and distribution; supplier performance and contract management; logistics management; and procurement.

In Kaduna State, the programme has seen impressive results in the first year. The availability of medicines has increased from 30% to 70% and costs have reduced in the 28 pilot facilities. Initiatives in Gombe and Niger States are beginning this year.

PSA provides management services and technical consultancy to Kaduna MoH and will provide similar support to Gombe and Niger. PSA arranged for delegates from the three states to visit Kenya to learn from KEMSA’s experience of developing a self-financing drug revolving fund. The success of the fund has ensured 80% availability of essential medicines to the public and is an example to the rest of Sub-Sahara Africa.

PSA’s strategic partners, Strathmore Business School and the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network, will make technical presentations, and participants will visit Machakos County to understand the last mile supply chain, including a visit to a local health facility.

Kenyan born Pamela Steele, PSA CEO, said, ‘The South-South Knowledge Exchange’ (SoSoKE) is a great opportunity for senior government officials and executives from Kenya and Nigeria to share knowledge and reduce dependency on external parties. We provide technical expertise to the States for BMGF, but we measure our success by working ourselves out of a job.

ETA: The delegates included High Commissioners for Health for Niger and Kaduna States, the Permanent Secretary for Niger, Executive Secretaries for State Primary of Health Development Agencies, and their health department senior directors, including from drug management agencies.

The event was described as a wonderful time of learning.

Full event report: PSA_SoSoKE_Report Final_2018

Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA)
KEMSA, a state corporation under the Ministry of Health procures, stores and distributes medical commodities to public health facilities.

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