Working Towards Improving Forecasting and Quantification of Medicines in Sudan
Ensuring that life saving medicines and commodities are received by beneficiaries in a timely and swift manner is a key aspect of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Fund Programme Unit (PMU) work across Sudan.
In line with these efforts, UNDP PMU in collaboration with Central Medical Supplies Corporation organized a training workshop on October 28th facilitated by consultant pharmacist Dr. Joseph Lubega. The overall aim of the workshop was to develop the National Capacity in Supply chain management, with special focus on the area of forecasting and quantification of medicines and commodities for essential Global Fund medicines and consumables.
The workshop targeted the National Technical Working Group members; the UNDP, Central Medical Supplies Public Corporation, Ministry of Health and the National Public Health laboratory.
The event included wide participation from government bodies with a shared vision of acquiring the knowledge and skills to improve supply management for Global Fund commodities; and driving the health system towards automation & integration.
During the three week workshop, various tests, role plays, group discussions and job aids were conducted to ensure hands on practice and group understanding of the material and techniques presented. Pre and post assessment were given which resulted in significantly improving average & individual marks scale, through discussion and group practice.
Participants underscored the importance of cooperation and involvement of all the concerned parties/ counterparts in the process of supply management in order to meet national and international growing calls for health promotion, accurate data and records, & commitment to regular exercises of review and updating of supply plans.
Dr. Joseph Lobega – The workshop facilitator remarked that “ It has been an intensive three week period where we have been able to compress a lot of information ; the main key and objective was to equip the entire team with the necessary knowledge and skills for Forecasting & Quantification and to be able to transfer and share the information they get “.
Dr. Tahani Abdel Rahim, a CMS senior official & Mr. Ahmed Elsanousi from UNDP gave the closing remarks stressing on the importance of regular training and capacity building in Sudan to improve performance and output.
Representing UNDP Global Fund Programme Unit (PMU Dr.Ahmed Elsanousi- underscored the importance of teamwork by stating“ Working as a team, achieving together & sharing knowledge & lessons was the most important principle we have been learning throughout the event.