Human Resources Health Supply Chains and Access to Essential Medicines. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy And Practice 2014 7(Suppl 1):I2
(2014; 2 pages)

Abstract

(From The 2nd People that Deliver (2nd PtD) Global Conference on Human Resources in Supply Chain Management. Copenhagen, Denmark. 29-30 October 2014).

With up to a third of the world’s population with limited access to essential medicines, it is clear that by 2015 many countries will not be able to achieve their health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Of the eight MDGs, four explicitly discusses the availability of medicines at the primary care or service delivery point level. It is pertinent because without access to and appropriate use of quality medicines, health systems would lose their ability to meet healthcare needs.

Though affordability of medicines and high prices are frequently highlighted as challenges to access to essential medicines, the weakness of health supply chains has remained a consistent barrier across a range of low and middle -income countries. Despite major investment over the past decades, national supply chains are often unable to respond effectively to existing demands, putting health outcomes at risk. Since the first Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Kampala in 2008, the human resource focus has been on the doctors, nurses, midwives and community health workers. However, there is little focus on human resources to improve and sustain health supply chains.

A focus on the human resources is needed and in this context, in 2011, the People that Deliver (PtD) Initiative was founded. The International Pharmacy Federation (FIP) provided further evidence of the need for a HR focus in SCM through their Global Workforce Report in 2012. In that report they make a link between a lack of pharmacy personnel and inequalities in access to medicines.

 
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