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Sustainable Supply Chain: What it means for NTDs
NTD medicines and products for preventive chemotherapy and disease management are often donated by pharmaceutical companies whose procurement and distribution systems may be parallel to the national supply chain. Sustainability depends on the continuity of these donations in the short term, and a transition to country-procured and financed products in the medium to long term. Leveraging the strengths of both systems, including forecasting and distribution functions, to improve the supply chain is critical to sustainability. In countries where the NTD supply chain is integrated into the national supply chain, understanding the supply chain structures that facilitate or hamper sustainability, including how national systems incorporate new medicines, will be necessary.

During this session, a selection of questions from the WHO Sustainability Framework for Action will be answered by presenting initiatives and experiences from key individuals of in the NTD community – from the Ministry of Health, implementing partners, government donors, and pharmaceutical companies. Each presentation covers a different aspect of NTD supply chain sustainability:

1) First mile strategies for access to PC-NTD medicines
Updates from NTD Supply Chain Forum member GSK.

2) Last-mile strategies for supply and distribution management of NTD medicines
The role of pharmacists – lessons from Sierra Leone of how the involvement of pharmacists and pharmacist technicians in managing NTD donated medicines improves quality assurance for before, during and after MDA.

3) Health system integration and strengthening
The role of the national supply chain unit in facilitating the integration of the NTD program – a perspective from Liberia.

4) Data and management information systems
A case study from Ghana on the development and roll-out of the Ghana Integrated Logistics management Information System (GhiLMIS) for all health programs.

This session will take place on 15th June from 14:00 - 16:00 BST.

Jun 15, 2021 02:00 PM in London

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