SCMS focuses on building a sustainable strengthened health commodities supply chain system through human resource capacity development, defined as strengthened institutional, organizational and individual capacities of the Ministry of Health (MOH) to manage predetermined key outcome areas of supply chain management.
- Ensure that accurate logistics data for vital and essential health commodities is being regularly recorded and reported by each service delivery point/site for replenishment and supply planning purposes.
- Strengthen the national quality assurance system for health commodities procured, stored, and distributed in country.
- Attain efficient customer-focused warehousing and distribution operations that ensure best practices in managing products, processing orders, and delivering orders to customers.
Activities and Impact
Date management: Develop and implement a national logistics information management system for HIV/AIDS products and ensure that accurate logistics data is aggregated, analyzed and disseminated for decision-making.
Quality assurance: Support MOH in designing an accreditation or certification standard for its supply chain, and implement a system to enable logistics management at hospitals and clinics to meet quality assurance standards. Support the DRU in increasing the range of registered formulations and suppliers to promote access to quality vital and essential drugs.
Strategic planning and coordination: Strengthen the coordinating mechanism at the MOH level for supply chain management-related information sharing and decision-making.
Forecasting and planning: Provide technical assistance to the MOH technical team preparing realistic and demand-driven (evidence-based) 24-month forecasts and annual supply plans that are implemented and reviewed quarterly to support an accurate procurement process.
Procurement: Institutionalize standardized tools to support a responsive demand driven procurement system that provides at least 90 percent of high-quality HIV/AIDS products to meet facility demands. This is in addition to:
- Strengthening capacity for the decentralized Public Procurement & Asset Disposal Board structures to efficiently process tenders for health commodity procurements.
- Developing a responsive SCMS procurement system, and providing technical assistance for product specifications, supply planning and procurement of health-related commodities/services at best value to meet client needs in a timely manner.
Warehousing and distribution: Support human resource capacity development to ensure that the CMS is fully operational, cost-effective, standardized, and the warehousing and distribution system fully addresses client needs.