An iCCM program is dependent on the constant availability of commodities for its success. The supply chain management (SCM) sub group is formed of people working in projects and organizations providing technical assistance to SCM specifically for CCM.
The Supply Chain Management Subgroup provides technical guidance to implementers of CCM on supply chain issues.
The Supply Chain Management (SCM) Subgroup of the iCCM Taskforce is conducting a mapping exercise of the NGOs involved in Procurement and Supply Chain Management (PSM) for iCCM programs. The mapping consists of completing general information on iCCM implementation and the role of partners in iCCM implementation as well as specific PSM or commodity- related activities for iCCM. Additionally, we invite partners to identify some of the major challenges at the country level regarding supply chain for iCCM. As we know, PSM can be a major limiting factor in the implementation and scale up of iCCM programs. To access the mapping spreadsheet, requests access here.
The most recent list of organizations involved with the SCM Subgroup is as follows:
Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) | John Snow, Inc. (JSI) | Management Sciences for Health (MSH)/Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) | United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
To reduce the likelihood of problems in the availability of commodities, the Supply Chain Management subgroup of the iCCM Task Force would like to share practical tips that any iCCM program manager, or technical committee, could benefit from having as they start-up their iCCM program. These supply chain management “tips” represent solutions or strategies based on real-life experiences in different CCM programs. The tips document (available in English and French) serves as an overview of potential pitfalls that can be avoided.
The SCM sub group has also compiled a number of technical resources to guide program managers in SCM issues for their CCM programs.
The iCCM Financing task team has prepared these documents to support integrated supply chain management and planning at the country level for countries going through the process of integrating iCCM or Maternal health into their Global Fund grants through the New Funding Model. The documents are in draft form for validation and comments are welcome.
The selection of medicines and diagnostics for use in iCCM programs must take into consideration the needs of the target population (children), the interaction between the caregiver and the community health worker, and the supply chain that will support interventions. Through the WHO/UNICEF Better Medicines for Children project, the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities and other initiatives, UNICEF has advocated for the development and introduction of better products to best fit programs, some of which are relevant for iCCM. These are included in UNICEFs range of products.
Download the July 2016 briefing note on iCCM products available through UNICEF and provides key references for further information.
Good data is essential in supply chain management at all levels and should be used in iCCM programs for routine resupply of community health workers (CHWs) to prevent stock outs, inform response to emergency situations, monitor performance, and forecast quantities required to sustain CHW programs nationally. When designing CHW resupply tools, it is important to consider the context of iCCM service provision and the resupply system; forms should be simple and only collect essential data. Here are some resources developed by the SCM sub group of the iCCM Task Force.
Read a detailed introduction to Supply Chain Management Tools for CHWs.Generic resupply tools are also available in editable word documents and pdf versions:
View some country examples from Burundi, Guinea and Rwanda that use variants of the generic resupply tools developed for each context. There is a description document describes the context for each country example.
Careful quantification (forecasting and supply planning) is required to ensure sufficient amounts of required products are in the supply chain. There are a number of resources that can help this process:
Many CHWs handle commodities with sharp or contaminated waste, for example Rapid Diagnostic Tests for malaria. The Guide to Health Care Waste Management for the Community Health Worker provides practical guidance on how to safely handle and dispose of hazardous waste.