The People that Deliver Initiative: Namibia’s Integrated Actions to Improve the Health Supply Chain Management Workforce
(2015; 130 pages)

Abstract

An effective supply chain supported by well-trained staff is essential to achieving universal health coverage, family planning goals, and an AIDS-free generation. In the words of former Namibian Permanent Secretary Kahijoro Kahuure, “In health services there are many different medicine and related supplies that are essential, but the most important commodity of all in a supply chain are appropriately trained staff” (People that Deliver 2012). With an important proportion of its sparsely distributed population requiring AIDS and TB treatment, as well as high levels of unmet contraceptive need, the Namibian government and Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) have sought to respond to the challenges that the public sector supply chain faces in providing consistent access to the commodities needed for these and other primary health services— particularly in Namibia’s rural, remote, and underserved areas. Shortages of competent and qualified supply chain staff at all levels of the public system, but particularly at the central and regional levels, make health commodity security more fragile and diminish access to high-quality health care services across Namibia.

In November 2013, the Minister of Health presented a formal request to the People that Deliver (PtD) Board and member institutions for technical support to develop a sustainable strategy to improve access to health commodities. Led by the government of Namibia and supported by expertise from the People that Deliver Initiative and its members—notably the USAID- and PEPFAR-funded Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) project and CapacityPlus—the PtD-Namibia collaboration sought to understand and improve Namibia’s public sector health supply chain management (SCM) workforce, focusing on the MOHSS’s immediate priority: staff at the central medical store (CMS) and regional medical depots (RMDs).

 
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