Community case management (CCM) is often delivered by CHWs who are usually volunteers and considered to be an extension of the health system. There are however some examples of CCM by private sector providers. In these models, the supply chain still has to be managed appropriately to assure quality and availability of appropriate products. In this webinar, examples were presented from Uganda, Madagascar and Tanzania outlining the private sector model used, details on how the supply chain works and its successes and challenges.
The webinar was moderated by Jane Briggs, of the SIAPS program, MSH, current chair of the SCM Subgroup.
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Data from the community level is crucial to inform resupply of CHWs and to allow for appropriate management of products and quantification. But can we facilitate recording and reporting without overburdening the CHWs? Are you interested in learning more about how to design or redesign resupply tools for CHWs? Presenters showcased a set of generic supply chain management tools for CHWs and their job aids including options for low literacy CHWs, highlighted the essential data elements to collect, showed some practical examples of forms used by community health programs in example countries and discussed some of the principles to designing supply chain management tools for CHWS. The generic tools were recently developed for use in program start up or during refinement and scale up (see above).
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Getting the right quantities of products to community health workers (CHWs) to treat sick children is critical to the success of CCM. Quantification is the first step in ensuring CHWs have the products they need when they need them. This webinar will provide program managers with a general overview of the quantification process for CCM, focusing on some of the unique considerations for the community level and potential options to address common challenges. This is intended for audiences familiar with CCM but does not require technical knowledge related to quantification. Presenters are:
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Jane Briggs, Principal Technical Advisor for Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services/MSH and Sarah Andersson, Country Technical Advisor for Supply Chain for Community Case Management/JSI provided an overview of the common pitfalls and bottlenecks of the CCM supply chain and potential solutions to these challenges. This webinar is the first in a series of webinars designed to help CCM program managers find ways to overcome the supply chain challenges unique to CHWs, so be looking for the next announcement. This is an opportunity to learn and collaborate across programs, because unless health products reach CHWs, CCM can never be successful in reducing childhood mortality.
Mobile technology offers a lot of opportunities for supply chain management in community health programs. Through the use of this simple technology we can improve communication between CHWs and their resupply points/supervisors, increase the visibility of data for decision makers and address stock shortages quickly plus more. This second webinar presented by the Supply Chain Management Subgroup of the CCM Task Force on August 29, 2013, presented examples of mHealth solutions that have been introduced in a number of CCM programs in different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This webinar presented some success stories as well as some of the challenges and considerations when using mobile phone technology. Presenters included those involved with development and implementation of these systems:
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