Building Capacity to Improve Commodity Management in Humanitarian and Disaster Settings






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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 train a minimum of 80 staff 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.

JSI is facilitating this learning with a highly participatory, iterative, and user-centered approach to help identify supply chain solutions so individuals who provide healthcare services in humanitarian and disaster response situations can better serve people in need. Participants are trained through the newly developed blended learning curriculum, which contains case studies from Kenya, Nigeria, and Jordan.

The training includes a webinar series on quantification of health commodities in emergency settings.  
To help disaster relief staff better manage health supplies in emergency situations, we have published an addendum to our Supply Chain Management Handbook. The addendum provides an overview of healthcare supply chain management in the humanitarian response context with proven practices that help bridge the transition from relief to development. The addendum will be published in Spanish and French in 2021.

We will coordinate with global working groups and coalitions to provide guidance on best practices and disseminate our learnings, and in turn share learnings from these groups back with OFDA implementing partners. We will also 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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