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Contending for the 2016 Global Health Supply Chain prize in Tanzania

Conference Theme: “Integrating Global Health Supply Chains for Sustainable Health Outcomes: Accelerated Innovation, Effective Partnerships, and Enhanced Local Ownership”

The 9th Global Health Supply Chain Summit (GHSCS) was held 16-18 November 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Keynote speakers included host country Ministry of Health representatives as well as speakers from leading institutions like the International Association of Public Health Logisticians, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Fund, World Health Organization, USAID, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), United Nations Children Fund, John Snow International, Management Sciences for Health etc. The summit focused on integration – bringing together the people, products and processes to maximize the impact of global health supply chains. Case studies, strategies, and frameworks for sustainability and partnership and innovation of global health supply chains were presented and discussed by practitioners and academics. The importance of local ownership of health delivery systems was emphasized and drew on examples from both public sector and private sector applications.


The SDC funded Health Promotion and System Strengthening (HPSS) project that is implemented by Swiss TPH was invited to make three oral presentations to the international audience of over 400 delegates. The topics included the introduction of an innovative lower supply chain cadre called dispensers, for rural primary health care facilities, and an internal audit methodology coupled with performance based sanctions or rewards.


The presentations drew from the experience of HPSS in supporting the St. John’s University of Tanzania, Dodoma, in establishing a diploma course this new cadre of dispensers, and in supporting the district and municipal administrations of Dodoma, Shinyanga and Morogoro regions in carrying out medicine audits.


In addition, we showcased a public private partnership between the regional government health authorities and a private medical supplies vendor. The “Prime Vendor System” (PVS) of Dodoma - a complementary supply chain to the Medical Stores Department with regional pooling of health facility funds - was proudly presented by the Regional Medical Officer of Dodoma emphasizing the local ownership.
As a highlight, the PVS of Dodoma was among the finalist proposals competing for 3rd Global Health Supply Chain prize.

 

Contact: Karin Wiedenmayer, Health Systems Support Unit, Swiss TPH