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EXCHANGE VISIT FOR PHARMACISTS FROM MOROGORO AND SHINYANGA

In June 2016, HPSS Project in collaboration with Dodoma, Morogoro and Shinyanga RALGs arranged for exchange visit of pharmacists and pharmaceutical staff with the objectives to:

1.1. Observe, learn and discuss pharmaceutical management activities.
1.2. Replicate and adopt best practices in Morogoro and Shinyanga.


Dodoma was the host for the other 2 regions offering insight into experiences and lessons learnt in medicines management in the region so far. The visit lasted 2 days and was an excellent venue for meeting, exchanging, sharing, and learning professionally and socially.

Participants included regional pharmacist, the RMO of Shinyanga, the former RMO of Dodoma and the PV coordinator of Dodoma. 

 

The focus was on Pharmaceutical Supply and Management (PSM) whereby topics included:
1. Prime Vendor system and use of complementary funds,
2. Medicine and Financial audits with appropriate actions
3. ILS cascade coaching
4. Post ILS peer assessment
5. Involvement of HFGC in managing medicine and medical supplies


The above include innovations introduced by HPSS and implemented by LGAs of Dodoma region during the last 4 years. Morogoro and Shinyanga regions are at the preliminary stage to adopt these innovations, tapping into the experience and lessons learnt of Dodoma. At the other hand Dodoma regional staff also benefitted from peer feedback, discussion of challenges and the opportunity of an outside look needed to fine-tune interventions.


The group was divided into five teams mixing regional and district level personnel and including a member from the host region. Each team was given a thematic area to study during a field visit and was guided by key general questions with room to add operational enquiries.
Observed findings were shared in a plenary with the audience reacting and commenting observations which required explanations from the host region.


As a general impression, the exchange visits were highly appreciated. Visiting teams considered innovations and operational procedures in Dodoma region very useful and contributing to health system strengthening. At the same time systemic and human based weaknesses were revealed and consensus was reached on a better approach. As a result of the exchange visits, reports were written with lessons learnt and suggestion for areas of improvement in Dodoma and an action plan for replicating practices in the new regions covered by HPSS Project.