Rooted in the notion that without trained professionals to manage health supply chains health commodities do not reach the patients who need them, our approach has three strands:
Our goal is to create a competent, supported and adequately staffed supply chain workforce that is deployed across the public and private sectors within the health system.
We envision a world in which health supply chain workforces are empowered and equipped to maximise health outcomes by improving access to health commodities.
PtD was established in 2011 when 79 institutions came together at WHO headquarters and pledged to strengthen the capacity of the health supply chain workforce while promoting the professionalisation of supply chain roles within the health system.
Housed in UNICEF’s Supply Division in Copenhagen, PtD is governed by its coalition members who represent governments, international donors, multilateral agencies, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, professional associations and private companies.
It is estimated that up to one-third of the world’s population has limited access to essential medicines.
And although health supply chains and the health supply chain workforce are instrumental in ensuring the availability of critical vaccines and health commodities, all too often these workers lack the appropriate skills and training.
As a result, health supply chains are often limited in their ability to meet existing demands: poorly functioning health supply chains jeopardise the major investments in health supplies made by governments and partners, the health goals of countries and, most importantly, the health of individuals.
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