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Greetings to the IAPHL Membership- November 2019

By Alan Giron on November 13th, 2019

Greetings to the IAPHL Membership.  As you now know, we are in the process of reorganizing the secretariat for IAPHL.  I have taken on the executive director position and we are still recruiting for our social media expert to join the team.  For those of you able to attend the GHSC Summit in Johannesburg, I am hoping to meet many of you and possibly have an informal get together for old and new members.

For those who do not know me, here is a little bio:

Walter Proper currently is the Director of Field Support for the Advancing Partners and Communities project managed by JSI.  Most recently he held the position of Director, Public Health Task Order on the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT.  He served for 7 ½ years as the Zambia country director for the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, SCMS, and JSI Logistics Services projects.   He has been working on improving public health systems for more than twenty-five years.  In this endeavor, he has worked extensively in the areas of HIV & AIDS, Reproductive Health, TB, Malaria and Essential Medicine Systems improvement. Mr. Proper’s work experience includes more than 25 years as senior manager and supervisor of multicultural teams; more than 30 years as a skilled capacity building and organization development advisor/facilitator; more than 25 years as a skilled public health logistician, and 30 years extensive experience in program and strategic planning, including collaborating and partnering with governments, NGOs, private sector entities, donors, and academic institutions.

Mr. Proper has presented on Supply Chain topics at international forums, conducted courses for international organizations such as GFATM and the WB, as well as for graduate school programs at George Washington, Columbia, Boston and Tulane universities.  Mr. Proper has direct work experience with more than 30 countries.  He has been an early member of IAPHL, has provided senior management oversight to the organization, and has served on the IAPHL Advisory Group.  Mr. Proper is also a People that Deliver Board member.

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Letter from Executive Director

By Walter Proper on October 25th, 2019

Dear Colleagues/Friends,

Greetings from Abuja! I hope that you are all keeping well.

I have news to share so I am just going to get to it!

My last day as the ED IAPHL is at the end of this month. I want to start by acknowledging funding support for IAPHL from USAID and JSI as well from sponsors such as ASCM, PSA, Empower, i+ solutions and Bocconi University. I think I speak on behalf of the IAPHL members, when I say a big thank you to USAID and JSI for this genuinely appreciated support to IAPHL since its inception in 2007. Because of this, IAPHL continues to be the go-to platform for peer to peer learning in health supply chain, ensuring that many public health supply chain operators and managers have the information and knowledge they need to improve the supply chain in their countries and globally.

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IAPHL Quarterly Supply Chain Resource Review – September, 2019

By Iember Mker on September 10th, 2019

We are pleased to share with you the 4th IAPHL quarterly supply chain resource review. In this issue, we consulted a number of SCM information repositories, academic, private sector, and SCM experts to select for you the following resources that we hope will inform you, challenge you and keep you thinking how you can improve your own practice and the productivity of the supply chain you work in.

i. Article: Insight into Seminar topics for the 2019 Supply Chain & Logistics Summit & Expo (Supply Chain Brain)

Summit & Expo is one of the most established events of its kind in Europe. Now in its 21st year, it is a highlight in the calendar where world-class organizations meet to maximize efficiency and minimize costs through supply chain strategies of the future.

ii. Article: DHL Introduces New Express Mobile App to Sub Saharan Africa (Supply Chain Brain)

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Recommendations to Accelerate Global Access to Quality, Affordable Health Products

Low and middle income country governments and global health funders spend a lot of money on health products like medicines, diagnostics, and devices to achieve universal health coverage. Governments and health procurement bodies in these countries need to buy these life-saving products efficiently and effectively in order to provide their citizens with access to quality and affordable medicines. Read more on ways this can be done here.

Recommendations to Accelerate Global Access to Quality, Affordable Health Products

Recommendations to Accelerate Global Access to Quality, Affordable Health Products

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Guides to Help Computer Science Students and Professionals

The relatively new career field of computer science is naturally in a constant state of evolution, as technology and the opportunities around it grow. The students and professionals who study and work in the field know those opportunities will continue to grow, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a higher than average growth rate for their employment.

Current and future professionals are looking for the most useful information on computer science and the ComputerScience.org have built open-use guides to help them succeed in their careers and studies. These guides cover core development areas including degree development, financial aid, and advice from experts in the field. The guides are one of the simplest ways to stay up-to-date with the highest quality, most relevant information and opportunities for those in computer science.

Some of their guides are below:

Computer Science Careers Essentials:

Bachelor’s Degree Overview – https://www.computerscience.org/degrees/bachelors/Computer Science Career Fundamentals – https://www.computerscience.org/careers/Landing a Job in Computer Science – https://www.computerscience.org/resources/jobs-in-computer-science/Financial Aid in Computer Science – https://www.computerscience.org/scholarships/

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New PRISM Tools Use Span of Routine Health Data

Poor data or a lack of data ultimately contributes to poor planning, policies, and resource allocation in the health sector. To contribute to improved health, the Performance of Routine Information Systems Management (PRISM) tools have been revised to help countries identify gaps in their routine health information system. This new, more comprehensive PRISM Series, is useful for designing, strengthening, and evaluating routine health information performance and developing a plan to put the results of a PRISM assessment into action to support evidence-based decisions in the health sector. Read more about this here.

New PRISM Tools Use Span of Routine Health Data

New PRISM Tools Use Span of Routine Health Data

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NCDs in UHC: 5 priorities to Ensure Healthy Lives for All

The NCD Alliance has published its briefing paper advocating 5 priorities to ensure healthy lives for all and urging governments to promote health, social services and quality care that meets the needs of all people across their life course. The publication also advances that the prevention and control of NCDs, together with other health priorities, is adopted as an element of UHC. Read more about this here.

NCDs in UHC: 5 priorities to Ensure Healthy Lives for All

NCDs in UHC: 5 priorities to Ensure Healthy Lives for All

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IAPHL Blog Article – Medicine for Your Ears: Four Podcasts for IAPHL Members

By Jay Heavner on July 22nd, 2019

Some people listen to music on their smart phones. I listen to podcasts. Lots of them. Probably too many of them. Because there are so many on so many interesting topics… and they’re a great way to fill that time when you can’t pay attention to a screen or read something… and every year brings even more good ones… and there’s just NOT ENOUGH TIME to listen to them all!

Sometimes the subject matter touches on the work we do in public health and/or supply chain management, and I’ll think, “I should share this on the IAPHL listserv.” And then I forget. So I searched my memory and the internet to provide a few here that I hope you’ll enjoy.

A history of shipping containers (eight-part series)

Many of the USAID-funded health commodities distributed in developing countries arrive by shipping containers from Asia, Europe, and elsewhere. This podcast will open your eyes to the story behind the containers that carry so much of international trade. “Containers is an 8-part audio documentary about how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves. Host and correspondent Alexis Madrigal leads you through the world of ships and sailors, technology and tugboats, warehouses and cranes.”

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Reports of the 2019 IAPHL Sponsorship Recipients

IAPHL sponsored six of its members to attend the Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference which held from July 10 – 11, 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. They posted their daily experiences at the conference to the IAPHL listserv and have written reports to highlight their participation, lessons learned and next steps. Click below to read their reports.

IAPHL Scholarship Beneficiaries’ Report_Ahamed Flagbata Kallon

IAPHL Scholarship Beneficiaries’ Report_Francis Oboi

IAPHL Scholarship Beneficiaries’ Report_Joseph Desire

IAPHL Scholarship Beneficiaries’ Report_Nadiya Alnoor Jiwa

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Zipline LLC Drone Delivery Service Operation

Below is a detailed explanation and resources on the Zipline drone delivery service operation sent by Isreal Bimpe who works with the Zipline Global Operations Team.

I am Israel, I am on the Zipline Global Operations Team. Before answering the questions, let me share a few resources that would address most of the questions posed.

Here are a couple of articles.

In the Air With Zipline’s Medical Delivery Drones– IEEE Spectrum https://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/drones/in-the-air-with-ziplines-medical-delivery-drones

Inside Zipline’s new distribution centre | The New Times | Rwanda https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/inside-ziplines-new-distribution-centre

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Manual for Developing a National Malaria Strategic Plan

WHO has released a manual for developing a national malaria strategic plan towards a malaria-free future. The manual provides orientation on: guiding principles for developing an effective malaria strategic plan (MSP), strategic directions for an appropriate MSP and the processes and steps involved in developing an effective MSP. Access the manual here.

Manual for Developing a National Malaria Strategic Plan

Manual for Developing a National Malaria Strategic Plan

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From Paper Maps to Digital Maps: Enhancing Routine Immunization Micro Planning in Northern Nigeria

BMJ Global Health has released an article on generating and converting routine immunization (RI) paper maps to digital maps for micro planning using the geographical information systems (GIS) approach. It highlights challenges and lessons learnt in moving from RI paper maps to digital maps in a low-income country. Read more here.

From Paper Maps to Digital Maps: Enhancing Routine Immunization Micro Planning in Northern Nigeria

From Paper Maps to Digital Maps: Enhancing Routine Immunization Micro Planning in Northern Nigeria

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New Health Product Profile Directory for Smarter R&D to Tackle Global Health Priorities

WHO has launched an online resource to guide the development of new health products for which there are limited markets or incentives for research and development. The Health Product Profile Directory is a free-to-use online resource created and developed to provide a searchable database of profiles for health products needed to tackle pressing health issues in global health This tool aims to promote research and development for products to combat neglected diseases and threats to global health, including antimicrobial resistance and diseases with pandemic potential. Read more about it here.

New Health Product Profile Directory for Smarter R&D to Tackle Global Health Priorities

New Health Product Profile Directory for Smarter R&D to Tackle Global Health Priorities

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WHO Offers a New Tool and Sets a Target to Accelerate Action Against Antimicrobial Resistance

WHO has launched a global campaign urging governments to adopt a tool to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance, adverse events and costs. The AWaRe tool was developed to contain rising resistance and make antibiotic use safer and more effective. It classifies antibiotics into three groups – Access, Watch and Reserve – and specifies which antibiotics to use for the most common and serious infections, which ones should be available at all times in the healthcare system, and those that must be used sparingly or preserved and used only as a last resort. Read more and access the tool here.

WHO Offers a New Tool and Sets a Target to Accelerate Action Against Antimicrobial Resistance

WHO Offers a New Tool and Sets a Target to Accelerate Action Against Antimicrobial Resistance

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IAPHL Advisory Group (AG) Meeting Updates_May 2019

By Ogochukwu Anyanwu on June 28th, 2019

On May 8, 2019, the IAPHL Advisory Group (AG) held its bi-annual meeting with members attending both in-person and online. You can read the updates presented to the group and follow-on activities agreed to by AG members during this very interactive meeting here.

IAPHL Advisory Group (AG) Meeting Updates_May 2019

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WHO Technical Briefing Seminar on Essential Medicines and Health Products

WHO is conducting a one-week Technical Briefing Seminar on Essential Medicines and Health Products Policies from November 4 – 8, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The seminar will include topics on global issues and emerging challenges related to access to medical products of quality, the WHO strategy for working with countries and partnership; and information resources. Participation is aimed at professionals working on pharmaceutical policies and access to medicines and health technologies programmes.

Applications open on June 20th, 2019 and close on August 31st, 2019.

For more information and registration, please click here.

Excerpt from Judith Sprunken (Technical Officer, WHO)

WHO Technical Briefing Seminar on Essential Medicines and Health Products

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New Study Finds No Link between HIV Infection and Contraceptive Methods

Dating back to 25 years since the HIV epidemic took hold in many countries, research studies suggested a possible increased risk of HIV acquisition for women using progestogen-only injectables like DMPA-intramuscular (DMPA-IM), Levonorgestrel and Copper-bearing IUD. However, it was not possible to determine whether HIV infections were due to the type of contraceptive method used or other factors because of limitations in the design of these studies. The Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) Study was carried out in four countries with settings of high HIV incidence ‒ Eswatini, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia. Results of the ECHO trial found no significant difference in risk of HIV infection among women using one of three highly effective, reversible contraceptive methods. Read more about this here.Excerpt from WHO Press Release

New Study Finds No Link between HIV Infection and Contraceptive Methods

New Study Finds No Link between HIV Infection and Contraceptive Methods

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Dangers of Falsified and Substandard Medicines

The effects of trade in falsified and substandard medicines are undeniable. Developing countries are particularly affected since they are easy targets for the illegal trade of falsified and substandard medicines due to insufficient regulations and controls as well as limited access to health care. This publication outlines some dangers and solutions.Excerpt from SWP.

Dangers of Falsified and Substandard Medicines

Dangers of Falsified and Substandard Medicines

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Digital Health Investment Review Tool

Over time, digital health investments have been made without the needed time or resources to develop a technical knowledge of information and communications technologies. The Digital Health Investment Review Tool will provide users guidance on implementing and monitoring activities to integrate best practices in digital health programs from inception to implementation. Click here for more information on the tool.Excerpt from USAID/MSCP website.

Digital Health Investment Review Tool

Digital Health Investment Review Tool

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WHO Releases First Guideline on Digital Health Interventions and other Publications on Digital Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new recommendations on ways that countries can use digital health technology accessible through mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve health and essential services. Read more about it here.

Below are other publications by WHO on digital health.

WHO Guideline: Recommendations on Digital Interventions for Health System StrengtheningGlobal Strategy on Digital Health 2020-2024

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