Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION
To effectively contribute to achieving intended programmatic (e.g. National Health Strategies and Comprehensive Multi-Year Plan cMYP) and investments (e.g. the Cold Chain Equipment Optimization Platform CCEOP, Health Systems Strengthening, HSS etc.) goals of timely delivery of the right quantity of vaccines (and other public health commodities) to the most number of children in Sierra Leone, the vaccine and other public health commodities supply chains are being aimed at being fit for purpose, efficient and resilient.
To contribute to this, the Ministry of Health (with direct leadership of the Expanded Programme on Immunization, EPI and Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies, DDMS), with the support of the UNICEF Country Office and other partners is prioritizing a system design analysis of the vaccine and other commodities storage, distribution and network design between the national stores, districts, health facilities and beyond.
The first phase of the supply chain analysis and design in Sierra Leone held in June 2018 and culminated in a four-day facilitation of system design concept and modelling introduction and overview of integration using advocacy materials adapted to the Sierra Leone concept and other country case studies including Mozambique, Pakistan and Zanzibar.
Stakeholders from all levels of the supply chain (national, districts and health facilities) and partners also used this time to map out existing supply chains (including product and data flows), conduct initial bottleneck analysis (including strengths and weaknesses of the current supply chains), define characteristics of a high performing supply chain, agree on a vision, set priorities and identify indicators for the immunization supply chain. Using this information and through practical and engaging sessions; stakeholders outlined alternative supply chain scenarios that they were interested in analyzing further (including modelling, qualitative analysis and those for ‘action’) including data requirements and sources. They further prioritized these scenarios based on the priorities they had earlier set for their immunization supply chain. Annex B1 contains a detailed report of Phase 1 of the supply chain analysis and design.
The system design concept and modeling introduction workshop was therefore a significant milestone in the Sierra Leone supply chain space towards achieving country’s strategic and programmatic goals. Therefore, using the knowledge gained during the meeting, extensive deliberations by decision-makers and stakeholders from EPI and DDMS as well as supply chain partners including UNICEF, WHO, eHealth, CHAI etc., led to a joint agreement to jointly invest in the next step of the system design engagement- supply chain system design (quantitative and qualitative) analysis. This was reflected by the decision to hold the system design analysis results sharing workshop in November, 2018. This TOR covers Phase 2 of the supply chain analysis and design.
How can you make a difference?
Using metrics/indicators including public health commodities availability, supply chain reach, demographic indicators (including estimated and actual population served), equity, risk and cost etc. (as appropriate), the specific objectives include the following:
Programmatic linkages and results sharing
Business case and Implementation Roadmap for post-Phase 2 activities
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