(2013; 69 pages)
Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems Program. 2013. Guide for Malaria Commodities Logistic Management System: Applying the Monitoring-Training-Planning Approach for Improving Performance. Submitted to the US Agency for International Development by the Strengthening Pharmaceutical System Program. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health.
In response to a request from the US Agency for International Development (USAID)/President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) team, USAID-funded SPS Program conducted a review of LMS status in all SPS-supported PMI countries. The findings revealed that some do not have proper LMS, and those that do are at varied levels of LMS implementation and functioning. The review also confirmed that accurate information to support policy and planning decisions is weak at all levels of the supply chain.
In addition, there is no formal system to effectively utilize available data and information, resulting in poor tracking of stock status and consumption of malaria commodities, such as artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs). It was these observations that prompted SPS to develop this guide to provide practical, feasible guidance and a uniform approach to strengthen LMS for malaria commodities. Supply chain management includes the logistics activities plus the coordination and collaboration of staff, levels, and function.
This guide is intended to assist managers, planners, technical advisors, and health care workers to improve logistic management system (LMS) skills for their malaria programs at district, health center (HC), dispensary, and community levels. This document complements existing materials produced by the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems Program, such as Quantimed, the Manual for Quantification of Malaria Commodities, and other US Government-funded projects, such as USAID | DELIVER, in applying logistics management approaches that enhance LMS.