A key component of achieving control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is effective supply chain management of preventive chemotherapy drugs for Mass Drug Administration (MDA) for trachoma, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis and schistosomiasis. This course explains the end-to-end process from planning and submitting donated drug requests through to waste management of expired and unserviceable stock and reverse logistics of unused tablets. It is essential knowledge for all levels of the health system that must work together to implement MDA.
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Overview: In the context of MDA, supply chain management is a key determinant of success for campaigns. In addition to ensuring delivery in full, on time and to the right quality, preventive chemotherapy (PC) drugs for NTDs requires advance planning, coordination, responsibility and accountability at all levels of the health system – before, during, and after MDA. Therefore, for responsible and successful MDA, WHO recommends a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) developed by ESPEN with support from ministry of health national NTD programs, NTD supply chain forum partners, implementing partners and donors. Health workers are exposed to many different supply chain risks to NTD medicines management. These include: inaccurate data and records, insufficient stocks/stockouts, logistical delays, inappropriate storage, expired, damaged or contaminated stock, accountability issues for example. The target audience for this course are NTD program staff, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, health officers, central medical stores and health facility staff, community health workers and MDA supervisors who take part in the handling of PC-NTD Medicines for MDA.
Learning objectives : By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Course duration: Approximately 5 hours. Those engaging in face-to-face (F2F) training sessions should estimate approximately 14 hours for that.
Certificates: A Record of Achievement certificate will be available to participants who score at least 80% in the final assessment. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.