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Building Capacity to Improve Commodity Management in Humanitarian and Disaster Settings

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CLIENT

OFDA

LOCATION

International

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SUMMARY

The goal of this program is to build the capacity of staff working with humanitarian organizations, including international organizations and local NGOs, to manage pharmaceutical and medical commodity (PMC) supply chains in humanitarian settings by equipping them with resources, guidance, training, and follow-up support.

JSI will develop and implement standard competency-based curricula founded on best practices, user-friendly learning materials, and an overall strategic approach that all organizations can adapt and institutionalize into their staff development process and customize to meet their specific supply chain goals and improve their practices. We will then hold instructor-led training courses in three locations, where we will directly reach 80 participants from humanitarian organizations who are actively involved in supporting PMC supply chains in humanitarian settings.

These staff will, in turn, support partners, local organizations and other health program managers in the field to improve PMC availability for people affected by rapid-onset disasters—such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and floods—and slow-onset, complex emergencies and crises, including drought and conflict.

Moving beyond in-person trainings, we will integrate new supply chain material specific to humanitarian settings into our Supply Chain Managers Handbook microsite, and will conduct a webinar to introduce the material to a wide audience. Further, we will coordinate with global working groups and coalitions working in this area to provide guidance on best practices and disseminate our learnings, and in turn share learnings from these groups back with OFDA implementing partners. Finally, we will work with these implementing partners to help them institutionalize better PMC practices into their policies and procedures.

By developing better PMC supply chain resources, building capacity, sharing, and institutionalizing the use of these resources, this project will lead to better management of PMC supply chains in humanitarian settings, ultimately improving PMC availability where these commodities where affected populations need them the most.

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