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Beginning the Transition Process: IMPACT Leaders Cluster Meetings

After establishing and supporting county-level IMPACT Teams for the past nine months, inSupply began the process of transitioning IMPACT Team operational processes to leaders in the 10 focus counties. In February 2017, inSupply and the counties held a series of Leadership Cluster meetings which brought together the county IMPACT Leaders who were initially trained on the Leadership Initiative in June 2016, and were empowered to lead the IMPACT teams and support their monthly activities. The goal of the meeting was to improve county IMPACT leaders’ ability to plan for and facilitate monthly IMPACT team meetings, consistently use the data-driven process to facilitate achievement of targets and results, and sustain, and grow the IMPACT Team Network. Peer-to-peer learning is critical to the IMPACT Team approach and the meetings purposefully included a mix of counties to allow for greater collaboration and shared learning. The agenda was focused on the critical aspects that the .....Read More

Supporting UNFPA/JSI Reproductive Health (RH) Quantification Training

Facilitators L-R: Wambui Waithaka, Gregory Roche, Harrison Mariki, Barbara Lamphere In October 2016, Barbara Lamphere, Gregory Roche, Harrison Mariki, and Wambui Waithaka supported a quantification training of reproductive health (RH) commodity security advisors from Eastern and Southern Africa country offices in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was one of the two trainings that JSI conducted for UNFPA country pr ogram officers; the other training was conducted in Dakar, Senegal for French speaking countries. The main goal of the five day workshop was to build the participants’ capacity on quantification and supply chain strengthening processes so that they in turn can fully support their government counterparts in ensuring commodity security in their countries. The sessions covered topics such as logistics review, forecasting methodologies, and how to reconcile the various forecasts to come up with final estimated requirements. .....Read More

Regional Technical Advisor reflects on his recent trip to Kenya

In July 2016, I had the opportunity to go to Kenya to facilitate the roll out of IMPACT Team Network training. It was good timing as it also gave me the chance to work with the entire Kenya team and learn what more about the approach and how it is implemented. When on board my flight to Nairobi where I had not traveled for more than 20 years, I had a lot of questions on my mind. I contemplated how the Kenyan participants would react to being told now by a small Tanzanian guy to use the IMPACT Team approach to improve their supply chain, and at the same time, how I could learn from them. I needed to learn the approach so that I would be able to apply it later. Thinking about all of these things made the short flight even shorter. I landed safely in Nairobi and drove with .....Read More

Empowering cross functional teams to improve a devolved public health supply chain in Kenya

Despite the benefits of the devolved health system in bringing health services closer to the people, public health supply chains face diverse challenges, including new structures of procurement, irregular replenishment of commodities, difficult coordination among various levels of the health system, data gaps and increased responsibilities in decision making at the county level. This, notwithstanding the rising pressure for the supply chain to operate efficiently. Overcoming these challenges requires competent cross-functional teams that will lead the charge in implementing the required changes. The inSupply project is supporting the IMPACT teams in ten counties in Kenya to learn and apply data and management practices. The teams bring together individuals playing critical roles in the county supply chain including leadership, service delivery, program coordination, and information management. You can read more about the IMPACT Team Network in our previous news item here. The IMPACT teams hold monthly meetings at their place of duty to .....Read More

IMPACT Team Network Set to Transform Public Health Supply Chains in Kenya

The inSupply project IMPACT Team approach has been received with excitement and high expectations in the selected ten counties in Kenya: Nairobi, Kajiado, Nyamira, Migori, Kakamega, Nandi, Kirinyaga, Isiolo, Mombasa and Kwale. In June 2016, leaders were taken through a leadership training to prepare them to support county teamscomprised of representatives drawn from the County Health Management (CHMT) in implementing the IMPACT Team approach to continuous transformation of the local health supply chains. You can read more about the June event in our previous news item here. During the first three weeks of July 2016, inSupply traveled to each of the counties to implement the second phase of the IMPACT team roll out. They met with the county leaders and teams to share management tools and skills to help transform supply chains using data and analytics. The inSupply team technical advisors conducted a two-day training during which the Teams developed action .....Read More

Supporting Uganda RMNCAH Commodity Quantification

In the month of July, Barbara Lamphere, Alexis Heaton, and Judith Njumwah – Kariuki travelled to Kampala, Uganda to support the national quantification of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) commodities for the years 2016/17 to 2019/2020. The JSI inSupply team provided technical guidance and training in data collection, analysis, methodology and gap analysis, while the pharmacy division played an oversight role, coordinated by the Quantification and Procurement Planning Unit (QPPU). Before the visit, the team prepared for their time in-country by finalizing with UNFPA and the Ministry of Health (MOH) the specific elements of the quantification activity, providing the MOH, UNFPA, and CHAI with the data inputs for quantification, and making local administrative arrangements for the workshop. The inSupply team provided training to UNFPA and MOH participants to build their capacity in developing good quality and more accurate forecasts. The team also developed Uganda-specific data collection and quantification tools .....Read More

Big changes in store for IAPHL—Executive Director Andrew Brown’s letter to members

inMalawi_1Supply is supporting the Executive Director of the International Association of Public Health Logisticians (IAPHL) to work in collaboration with new and existing partners to establish IAPHL as the leading professional association for public health supply chain experts. After six months in this role, Andrew Brown reflects on what he has accomplished so far and what his plans are for the next six months. Read his letter to members on the IAPHL website at http://iaphl.org/news/ . While on the site, be sure to take a look at the updated E-Learning Resources and Moderated Discussion Summaries.  

inSupply Supports Change Agents for Public Health Supply Chains in Kenya

Public health leaders from ten counties in Kenya met on June 7th at Maanzoni Lodge in Machakos to participate in inSupply’s IMPACT Network Launch. This event was met with great excitement and enthusiasm from the 50 participants who attended, representing the counties of Isiolo, Kajiado, Kakamega, Kirinyaga, Kwale, Migori, Mombasa, Nairobi, Nandi, and Nyamira. These participants represent the flagship group for this new initiative. inSupply’s aim is that lessons and results from these 10 counties will catalyze demand and funding to enable the IMPACT Network to spread to additional counties later in the project. The inSupply IMPACT Network is a system of connected teams that work harmoniously together to achieve a common goal, share experiences and have a strong effect on the supply chains. Following the launch, inSupply held a two and-a-half day Leadership Initiative Workshop, where participants had the opportunity to build their leadership and change management skills, create a shared .....Read More

Launch of the East African Community Regional Centre of Excellence for Vaccines, Immunization, and Health Supply Chain Management

Inaugural plaqueOn March 24, 2016, the University of Rwanda’s School of Public Health launched the East African Community (EAC) Regional Centre of Excellence for Vaccines, Immunization, and Health Supply Chain Management (RCESCM). EAC Secretary General, Dr. Richard Sezibera, explained the purpose of the Center “This centre will not only train a cadre of health supply chain managers. It will also continue to harness best practices, pursue innovative supply chain spaces, both in the public and private sectors, and continue to bring in the private sector to participate.”

Quantification of Health Commodities Professional Development Short Course, East African Community Regional Centre of Excellence for Vaccines, Immunization and Health Supply Chain Management (EAC RCE VIHSCM)

Training ParticipantsFrom March 14-26, inSupply held a Training of Trainers and Quantification of Health Commodities Professional Development Short Course at the University of Rwanda’s School of Public Health in Kigali.  The goal of the training was to increase the participants’ knowledge and understanding of the quantification process including the forecasting and supply planning steps and how these activities contribute to commodity security. More specifically, the course aimed to strengthen participants’ abilities to (1) improve the accuracy of forecasts, (2) estimate commodity and funding requirements, (3) develop supply plans, (4) understand the utility of software packages for forecasting and supply planning, and (5) evaluate and respond to environmental or policy constraints to forecasting and supply planning. A facilitation training of trainers was held the first week, followed by the short course, which coincided .....Read More