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IDA Solutions and collaborating Partners are pleased to announce the training 
course in "Monitoring and Evaluation of Antiretroviral Therapy Procurement and 
Supply Management Systems", Amsterdam (the Netherlands) 25 - 30 June 2006.

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Background

The global expansion in responses to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and 
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), including antiretroviral treatment 
(ART) programmes, has been made possible by increased funding from a wide 
variety of donors and financing organisations.  While necessary for 
accountability and progress monitoring, feedback reports to donors are now 
creating a burden on recipients due to lack of harmonisation.  Consequently 
calls have been made to harmonise the reporting requirements including the 
development of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools used in procurement and 
supply chain management (PSM).

Recently there has been considerable interest in the development and use of 
indicators as tools in health care for monitoring the quality and performance 
of health services.  Use of these tools can assist countries to monitor 
progress in programme implementation, evaluate performance objectively and 
revise strategies on the basis of systematic assessment.  Improved M&E can 
contribute significantly towards better planning and management of the supply 
chain in order to promote efficient and sustainable access to medicines.

ART-PSM specific M&E systems need to be implemented in the context of a global 
effective response to tackle the HIV/AIDS pandemic, since ART is an essential 
component of comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and support.  Countries and partners, 
including donor agencies can benefit from training programmes on how to use the 
M&E tools for progress tracking and for determining their own priorities for 
ART-PSM.

Course objectives

* To discuss the major issues surrounding M&E of ART-PSM systems such as 
accountability, continuous improvement, sharing of "lessons learnt" and "best 
practices", avoiding duplication through encouraging single M&E systems at 
country and regional levels;
* To provide practical tools to decision makers and staff working in HIV/AIDS 
programs to ensure accountability and to improve their level of performance;
* To encourage the exchange of views and experiences between senior officers 
and decision makers.

Course design

The course is highly participatory - the interchange of skills and experience 
among course members is essential for training activities and learning.  
Please, be aware that strong English language skills are necessary to take part 
in this course.

Major topics include:

* Definition of monitoring and evaluation of antiretroviral therapy procurement 
and supply management;
* Definition of indicators for monitoring and evaluation of procurement and 
supply management in the context of comprehensive antiretroviral therapy; 
* Formulating indicators for monitoring and assessment of antiretroviral 
therapy procurement and supply management;
* Methods of collecting and processing indicator data for antiretroviral 
therapy procurement and supply management;
* Establishing a monitoring and evaluation unit for antiretroviral therapy 
procurement and supply management.

Course audience

The course is especially aimed at senior health system managers and providers 
of technical assistance in governmental and non-governmental organizations in 
both developed and developing countries.

The primary target group includes all stakeholders (government, faith based 
organisations, NGOs, donors) involved in implementing as well as managing 
programs that involve the ART-PSM.  Program managers would benefit from using 
PSM indicators on a more regular basis to track their programs for the purpose 
of improvement.

Donor agencies, project leaders, technical and implementing agencies can 
benefit from using the tools to harmonise information demands and compare 
programs accross different countries.

Course dates

25 - 30 June 2006 in the Netherlands

Hotel check-in: June 25th afternoon

Hotel check-out: July 1st 2006

Registration and Information

Please note that strong English language skills are necessary to take part in 
this course. 

Space is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis.

For additional information and registration form, click on the following link: 
www.idasolutions.org

Or contact: 

Jean Francois Saint-Sauveur MD, MPH
Training Coordinator at IDA Solutions
Phone: +31 346 581 770
Fax    : +31 346 581 789
Email: training@idasolutions.org


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