Health supply chain workers: The missing link to achieving universal health coverage
Event Date:
03 April 2023

When: Monday 3 April, 10:45 – 12:15 CEST
Where: Online
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People that Deliver is playing a leading role in a parallel session at this year’s Fifth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health.

The session, moderated by MSH’s Andrew Brown, will bring together PtD’s Dominique Zwinkels, Marasi Mwencha from the Global Fund, Inès Buki from Chemonics in Rwanda and Henrietta Bakura-Onyeneke from the Nigeria Ministry of Health.

PtD executive manager Dominique Zwinkels said, “This panel discussion will give us a chance to demonstrate the importance of professionalising the health supply chain workforce and hear from countries about the practicalities of doing so.”

“At the same time it’s a great opportunity to hear from a major donor organisation on it’s priorities when it comes to capacity development and professionalisation,” she added.

The session will reflect on the implementation of the Supply chain management (SCM) professionalisation framework in Nigeria and Rwanda, explore the added value of the framework and consider the lessons learned from its implementation.

Why professionalisation is key to a functioning health system

Supply chain (SC) professionals are fundamental to a functioning health system but all too often lack the appropriate skills, training or empowerment. As a result, health SCs are sometimes limited in their ability to meet existing demands to supply the health commodities many require.

For the SC workforce to become fit-for-purpose, it needs to become professionalised, which means transforming supply chain management into a recognised profession of the highest integrity.

In an attempt to better support the professionalisation of the health SC workforce, PtD developed the SCM professionalisation framework: the first set of global standards that align career path, education and professional growth in health supply chain management. This tool, and professionalisation more broadly, is crucial to PtD’s vision: a world in which health supply chain workforces are empowered and equipped to maximise health outcomes by improving access to health commodities.

Read more about the SCM professionalisation framework