Services: Technical Assistance, Assessment, Training, Capacity Development
Technical Expertise: Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Health Supply Chain Management
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is working with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to strengthen health systems to support high-quality, equitable sexual and reproductive health information and services in Myanmar. Ensuring an adequate supply of reproductive health commodities to the clients who need them is key to accomplishing this goal, and requires a well-designed, well-operated and well maintained supply chain management system. In 2013, UNFPA engaged John Snow, Inc. (JSI) to strengthen the supply chain for reproductive health (RH) commodities in Myanmar.
JSI's support to UNFPA and the Ministry of Health in Myanmar is being implemented in three phases. The first phase included a supply chain assessment, which was conducted in April/May 2013. The second phase involved designing a new logistics system for reproductive health commodities. A workshop was conducted in August 2013, which utilized a participatory approach to bring together various stakeholders to focus on standardizing and strengthening the logistics management information system (LMIS), an inventory control system (ICS), and making recommendations for storage, distribution, procurement, and quantification, as well as for the management and coordination structures.
The third phase of this project is the system implementation. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and training materials will be created to document the new procedures and teach users how to use the SOPs. Once all the documents are in place, master trainers will be trained, who will then teach other staff how to use the system, which will be piloted in seven townships in seven States/Regions of the UNFPA program.