Developing a Supply Chain Master Plan for Liberia

Dates: 2011-2012

Country: Liberia

Client(s): Global Fund

Services: Technical Assistance, Strategic Planning, Training, Capacity Development

Technical Expertise: Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Health Supply Chain Management, HIV , Infectious Diseases

In May 2010, the Government of Liberia, through its Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) awarded JSI a contract to provide technical assistance to support the development of a National Supply Chain Master Plan (SCMP).

JSI supported the MOHSW to develop and finalize the forecasts and procurement plans for contraceptives, essential drugs, and malaria commodities, including enhancing the capacity of the quantification team at the Pharmacy Department and Supply Chain Management Unit (SCMU) in the quantification process and software tools.

In September 2011, the MOHSW, key programs and partners undertook an annual quantification exercise for essential drugs, malaria, family planning commodities, supported by JSI. JSI conducted an Essential Medicines Quantification, quantification reviews for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), reproductive health and malaria commodities as well as a training on PipeLine software. Following that, participants agreed to quarterly quantification reviews.

JSI helped the MOHSW conduct the first quarterly review of the malaria and family planning quantifications in December 2011. Specifically, the JSI advisor supported the MOHSW to facilitate an assumptions-building workshop to bring stakeholders to consensus around the key assumptions. In addition, the advisor worked to ensure that the PipeLine database managers updated the databases, by providing the required review and on-the-job training.

This is part of an IQC that John Snow, Inc. has been awarded by the Global Fund. JSI serves as a technical service provider to build capacity around supply chain management. The areas of work vary depending on the requirements of each particular country seeking to utilize this mechanism.