E-DRUG: i+solutions: e-course Basics of Supply Chain Management for Health
There are three weeks remaining to register for the e-course "Basics of supply
chain management for health systems" (MBA level). We look forward to your
Dates: 10 November - 21 December 2014
Level of effort: 4 to 6 hours per week
Cost: 450 euros
Registration deadline: 5 November 2014
Certificates will be awarded upon successful completion.
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What is the course about?
Supply chain management (SCM) is a key to ensure that resources are utilized
optimally and that essential health commodities reach their end-users. With
developing countries spend up to a third of their healthcare budget on health
commodities, SCM skills in managers and health workers are essential to enhance
the performance of the supply chain cycle of medicines and medical supplies and
ensure the success of health programmes.
The course 'Basics of supply chain management for health systems' details all
the steps and functions of the supply chain cycle and places each of those
steps within the perspective of health system strengthening.
The content has been developed by i+solutions experts based on years of
experience as a pharmaceutical supply chain agent for various national and
international organisations. The module is currently part of the MBA program in
International Health Management administered by Swiss TPH in association with
the University of Basel, Switzerland.
Who is the course meant for?
The course is designed for all health personnel, business administrators and
managers involved in the health sector, development cooperation, healthcare
programmes and projects in developing countries. No prior knowledge is
required, although practical involvement in the health sector is a benefit.
What topics will be covered?
Health system strengthening, access to medicines, essential medicines, human
resources, supply chain cycle, selection of essential medicines, forecasting
and quantification, procurement, storage, inventory management, distribution,
rational use of medicines, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation
What will you learn?
The course is an introduction to the entire supply chain cycle of medicines and
medical supplies in the context of health system strengthening, which means the
topics covered are numerous. Here is a sample of some of the learning
-Describe the different steps and functions of the supply chain cycle of
medicines and medical supplies.
-Understand the access-to-medicines framework and the concept of essential
-Interpret and discuss the role of managers, health workers and stakeholders on
different levels of the health system in supply chain management.
-Comprehend the need for, and ways to promote rational use of medicines.
-Underline key issues related to monitoring and evaluation of supply chain
-Critically analyse the supply chain system of a country and identify practical
approaches for intervention strategies.
How are we going to teach and learn?
The course is taught online on i+academy, our e-learning platform, by expert
facilitators from i+solutions. The interactive course materials are presented
sequentially under the guidance of the facilitators who assist participants,
answer questions and stimulate discussions. Lessons are complemented and
enlivened by online activities such as discussion forums, quizzes, and
assignments. The course is accessible from anywhere at any time and allows
participants easy and regular interactions with the course facilitators and
other participants during the learning process.
Ms. Carole Piriou
Senior training coordinator