Under the Procurement & Supply Chain Strengthening Project (PSSP), MAUL ensures effective logistics management of HIV/AIDS-related commodities at CDC funded Health Facilities across Uganda. The project continues to build health worker capacity at 215 private-not-for-profit health facilities, to manage commodities with the goal of improving availability in the private-not-for-profit sector through rational quantification, supply planning, procurement and distribution. To increase interface between MAUL and its PSSP stakeholders, an annual partner’s forum is conducted to give updates on project implementation and addresses stakeholder challenges experienced over the past year.
Partner's Foruum Overview
The partners’ forum was conducted on September 19th 2014, with the theme “Getting to Zero & Getting the Evidence”. The forum hosted a total of 183 health professionals from CDC country programs, implementing partners, the MoH, districts and health facilities across Uganda. This forum provided a platform to discuss strategies for accurate, quality and up-to-date data to inform planning, evidence based decision making and cost effective interventions by health facilities and implementing partners. During the forum, individual health facilities were recognized for their performance in health logistics management through Medical Access’s Mentorship and Technical Health Systems Strengthening Model (MaTHSS). The event was presided over by the Guest of Honor Minister of State for Health, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye.
During the Forum, the PSSP Project Officer at the CDC, Monica Dea added her vote of thanks, stating that while this year’s funding will increase, the CDC is proud of the excellent quality standards set by MAUL. She highlighted that:
“We have made incredible progress in countries hit by HIV, to prevent losing ground we must continue to scale up prevention interventions to eliminating HIV. Many countries with the HIV burden lack reliable SCM capabilities to ensure product availability, CDC will continue its partnership with MAUL to ensure patients get supplies in a timely manner.”
Award Giving Ceremony:
Outstanding health facilities in health logistics management were recognized for consistently improving over time through the Mentorship and Technical Health Systems Strengthening Model (MaTHSS). Health facility logistics management practices were assessed against a standard set of indicators. Site performance was characterized Gold, Silver and Bronze. This year, seven health facilities were awarded Gold Status.
Presentation & Discussions
The forum discussion dwelt the theme, issues around data quality and evidence based decision-making to facilitate achievements and results. Through appreciation of challenges, and coming up with possible mitigation measures in going forward, this year’s topics included:
- Quality of Logistics Data for HIV/AIDS-Related Commodities among PNFPs in Uganda.
- PMTCT Implementation at the Health Facility Getting Teams Motivated
- Raising our Game in Laboratory Service Delivery: Opportunities & Challenges in Data Management
- Option B+ Reporting: Impact on Implementation & Opportunities for Strengthening the System
- Building Partnerships with District Leadership in PMTCT Implementation
- Data Collection & Management at District Level
- Role of Mentorship in Achieving Excellence in Logistics Management
Guest of Honor Appreciates Partners
Partners were appreciated for their response towards zero transmission in PMTCT, zero new infections and ensuring zero stock outs of essential supplies. MAUL was also recognized for its commitment, partnership, excellent service, and the national role in the HIV battle.