Zanzibar: Assessment of human resource capacity in public health supply chain management

Focus Area
Country engagement

A well-trained, professional workforce is the foundation of any health system. Because of this, in 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) included workforce performance as one of six building blocks in its health system framework needed to strengthen health systems. Similarly, ensuring the continuous availability of commodities is a critical element of a well-functioning public health system if it is to provide health workers and customers with vital public health products. To ensure commodity security (CS), a supply chain must engage the right people, in the right quantities, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time to follow the procedures that direct supply chain operations and ensure the supply of health products. An undisputed requirement of supply chain human resource (HR) strengthening is high-level champions. Toward this end, it has become increasingly apparent to the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT that our HR work must ask for input and support from supply chain managers at the highest level (Proper 2014).