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 that could be adapted for future quantification exercises.
During the first week, the inSupply team conducted field exercises and held discussions with MOH leadership on the specific issues or gaps related to the RMNCAH supply chain in Uganda. The team also met with relevant stakeholders to brief them on this short-term technical assistance and to collect additional program information. The second week the team conducted the quantification workshop.
The quantification workshop was successfully completed by the end of week two, with a total of 34 participants. The overall feedback from participants was positive, they appreciated the open learning environment which allowed them to learn from each other in a friendly atmosphere. The participants especially liked the sessions on Pipeline and forecasting methods.