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Supplies and Logistics

Procurement and Supply Management Systems

Procurement and Supply Management Systems

UNICEF is committed to helping governments meet the immediate needs of children through the provision of vital supplies. We are also dedicated to working with governments to strengthen their national capacity in planning for supply needs, selecting supplies and equipment, and ensuring efficient local delivery and timely distribution.

UNICEF supports the establishment and use of strong government procurement and supply management (PSM) systems. Overall, PSM systems are quite strong in Asia, and PSM efforts are gaining momentum in Africa.

For example, the Government of Ethiopia has established the Pharmaceutical Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA) under the Ministry of Health which has taken over the procurement and delivery of essential heath commodities previously supported by partners.

Another positive example is the comprehensive PSM work in Sierra Leone. There, service delivery support in connection with a Government Free Health Care Initiative, is being combined with Government-led reform of the existing procurement and distribution system. This project is supported by a broad partner coalition in country.

Calling attention to work force excellence in supply chain management  

UNICEF Supply Division has agreed to provide the secretariat for People that Deliver (PtD), a global partnership of over 80 international and country agencies whose mission is to build global and national capacity to plan, finance, develop, support and retain the national workforces needed for effective, efficient and sustainable management of health supply chains. 

At the People that Deliver (PtD) Board meeting 27 and 28 September 2012 it was re-emphasised that unless supply chain workforce capacity is significantly strengthened at country level, reaching populations in need with life-saving commodities will continue to be an uphill battle.

PtD is helping countries give the necessary attention to the technical skills and competencies of the supply chain managers and specialists in planning the delivery of existing and new medicines and technology to public health systems. 



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