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Updates from inSupply – January 2017

inSupply launched our monthly newsletter this past January to keep stakeholders up to date on project achievements, new activities, and ongoing collaboration with our partners and clients. We will be adding our historical newsletters to our website over the coming weeks. Our January Newsletter can be found here. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list.

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