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Sponsor Capacity Development Training

Sponsor health supply chain capacity development in a developing country today!

Healthcare systems that function efficiently share certain characteristics. They have procurement and distribution methods in place that deliver interventions to those in need. They are staffed with sufficient health workers who have the right skills and motivation. And they operate under financing systems that are sustainable, inclusive and fair. The cost of healthcare should not force impoverished households even deeper into poverty.” (Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization, 2007, p.iii)

Why sponsor?

Increasingly, governments of low- and middle-income countries are asking their partners to support them in strengthening their health supply chain systems to gain self-sufficiency and reduce their reliance on external expertise. But health supply chain capacity development (SCCD) is a complex and costly undertaking, requiring skills beyond operational supply chain expertise – it is about systemic thinking all the way to the last mile, on a sustainable basis. SCCD requires the difficult skills of planning, execution and monitoring the process, as well as mastering supply operations. Most of all, SCCD is about excelling in the art of advocacy and building coalitions with stakeholders far beyond the supply chain context.

But where does someone in a developing country begin if they are asked to do something to strengthen the national health supply chain capacity? Learning about the basics at the first stakeholder meeting is too late. This is why PSA equips course participants with the knowledge of SCCD essentials before leaping into planning and implementation.

Since launching our SCCD course we have received many requests for sponsorship to help participants attend the course – from the very people who would benefit most, the participants themselves. We are requesting health agencies, donors who enable health care support or provision, or individuals who care about medicine availability in developing countries, to consider sponsoring a country or an individual of their choice.

Who can you sponsor?

  • A country with a weak national health supply chain system; or
  • senior managers;
  • decision makers; and/or
  • logistics/supply officers.

How does it work?

PSA will assess the supply chain to determine the ‘as is’ situation and to tailor the training so that it is based on the existing needs. Through PSA training events the people who are in a position to affect the system will gain a good understanding of the overall health supply chain system strengthening process. They will learn about the tools and techniques needed to develop the supply chain’s capacity.

Our training is supported by evidence-based research from Cranfield University, which mapped supply chain factors to the WHO health system strengthening building blocks: leadership and governance; finance; the health workforce and health information. This research provides insights into supply chain weaknesses, as revealed by national health system assessments carried out using the WHO model.

What does the training involve?

The course covers: planning for SCCD; programme execution; progress oversight and impact evaluation.

Securing a better healthcare system for everyone

While many factors influence the availability of medicine, the capacity of a country’s supply chain to select, forecast, procure, and deliver essential medicines and other health supplies is a major constraint. Successful healthcare programmes around the world are dependent on a reliable and consistent supply of medical products to support service delivery. In turn, their success is crucial to preventing millions of deaths. However, a lack of access to essential medicines remains one of the leading causes of preventable deaths and poor health outcomes in many developing countries.

Much of the burden of disease can be prevented or cured with known and affordable technologies. The problem is in getting staff, medicines, vaccines, and information provided on time, reliably, and in sufficient, sustained and affordable quantities, to those who need them (Killen et al., 2005, p.31).

The goal of the public health supply chain is to deliver supplies of medicine, vaccines, and healthcare equipment in a time-sensitive, efficient, and effective manner, to the healthcare facilities, and ultimately to the patients who need them. It is usually the responsibility of a country’s government, in particular its ministry of health, to manage these public health supply chains.

By investing a little in learning a lot, common, costly pitfalls can be avoided and the results of your health supply chain systems strengthening efforts can be maximised.

Contact us today to learn more about how to sponsor training in a country.