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Post00389 WHO SPONSORED TECHNET21 E-FORUM POSTINGS CONTINUE 31 October 2001 CONTENTS CLARIFICATION: WHO SPONSORED TECHNET21 E-FORUM POSTINGS TO CONTINUE From: [][/email] To: [][/email] Subject: for posting - URGENT Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 Dear Allan, I would appreciate if you could post the below message tomorrow (31 October 2001) to TechNet subscribers. I would also appreciate if you could kindly forward all pending messages to new TechNet moderation address: Thanks and regards, Umit TITLE FOR THE POSTING **************************************************************************** CLARIFICATION: WHO SPONSORED TECHNET21 E-FORUM POSTINGS TO CONTINUE **************************************************************************** Dear TechNet21 subscribers, The message given in the previous posting Post00388 stating that it was the last TechNet forum posting sponsored by WHO is NOT correct. WHO sponsored TechNet21 e-Forum postings will CONTINUE, the only difference being the host internet site. As noted in the TechNet posting Post00371, TechNet 21 is striving to reach more developing country managers, including those at sub-national and district levels, WHO and UNICEF country staff, plus the traditional TechNet logistics members. TechNet21 recommendations from the New Delhi meeting held in August outlined results from a recent survey indicating that readers look for more useful and conclusive information. In light of this, the TechNet secretariat has been working on a new format targeting more directed discussions involving a wider range of individuals and organizations. The TechNet forum subscriber survey results (Post00388) also supported these findings. TechNet21 e-Forum is now targeting a methodology to offer a clear understanding of needed actions especially for organizations and national EPI systems, and elicit the most critical questions yet to be answered. To initiate these changes, the TechNet21 e-Forum will be coordinated by a new moderator and the internet site has been moved to another country from its current location of CCISD is a non-profit corporation which specializes in designing and managing international health projects. Send your contributions to [][/email]. Starting in December 2001, TechNet21 will appear in three languages with separate list-serve addresses in English, French and Spanish. A wider language capacity will assist in reaching more countries and audiences. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Allan Bass who has moderated the TechNet e-Forum under WHO/V&B/ATT contract from October 1998 through October 2001 and the Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health and Nutrition for hosting the electronic space for the TechNet e-Forum. Warm regards, Dr. Umit Kartoglu TechNet21 secretariat Contributions to: [][/email] ***************************************************** Dr. Umit Kartoglu Technical Officer V&B/ATT, HTP Room M230 World Health Organization Avenue Appia 20, CH-1211 Geneva 27 Switzerland Tel: +41 22 791 4972; Fax: +41 22 791 4384 e-mail: [][/email] Web site: ****************************************************** ____________________________________*______________________________________ 2. NEWS Selected news items reprinted under the fair use doctrine of international copyright law: ___________________________________________________________________________ id21HealthNews Issue No. 11, October 2001 Copyright 2001 id21 Humanitarian supply management and logistics in the health sector Published jointly by PAHO and WHO, this book provides guidelines on how to handle the management of supplies in emergencies and disasters. The techniques it proposes are multesectoral and can be used in any type of emergency operation. Coming Soon in English at this Address! Humanitarian Supply Management And Logistics in the Health Sector Emergencies and disasters are harsh testing grounds for the logistical and organizational capacity of the affected countries. The challenge is felt with special intensity in the health sector, where deficiencies in supply management can have deadly consequences. The management of supplies, whether from the local market or from an external source, is, in most cases, a complex logistical problem that should not be left to improvised decision making. The acquisition, storage, mobilization, and distribution of supplies to the victims require a minimum framework of organization that permits efficient handling and better use of the resources. This new book provides guidelines to handle this process. As a practical guide, it points out that countries and organizations should incorporate the topic of logistics into their planning and preparedness for disasters. It also underlines that each step in the supply chain should be seen as a critical and interrelated link in the chain. Published jointly by PAHO and WHO, this book is the result of many years of practical experience (especially thanks to the use of SUMA methodology). The techniques and pro-cedures that it proposes are multisectorial in nature and can be used in any type of emergency operation. Available Now in Spanish at ******** Please forward this newsletter to any colleagues who may be interested. If they would like to subscribe to id21HealthNews, they should send an email to, with the message: ''subscribe id21HealthNews Firstname Lastname", e.g. "subscribe id21HealthNews Emily Smith" ******** id21HealthNews Issue No. 11, October 2001 The id21 online collection contains hundreds of policy-relevant research digests on global development issues. To see the whole collection visit our web-site at: Created by the id21 Team: Alistair Scott - Programme Manager Isabel Vogel - Programme Officer Louise Daniel - Senior Editor Dominic Furlong - Education Editor Heidi Brown - Health Editor Sandra Baxter - Administrator id21 is enabled by the UK Department for International Development and hosted by the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. If you have any problems or queries contact us at: [][/email]. Views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of id21 or other contributing institutions. Unless stated otherwise articles may be copied or quoted without restriction, provided id21 and originating author(s) and institution(s) are acknowledged. Copyright 2001 id21. --- SUMA Receives Stockholm Challenge Award SUMA, the Pan American Health Organization?s Humanitarian Supply Management System, was awarded the Stockholm Challenge Award in the category Health and Quality of Life. In announcing the prize, the jury stated "the Pan American Health Organisation has definitely joined the ranks of pioneers of the information society for all. Most importantly, SUMA has proven that information and communications can deliver enormous benefits to people at times when they are at their most fragile and vulnerable. SUMA has indeed transformed into an effective operation the confused and chaotic effort of inventory, priority, and distribution of emergency relief to victims of disasters." This booklet highlights the most important features of SUMA, the supply management system, developed as a technical information management and coordination tool, which became a symbol of transparency in dealing with humanitarian supplies. This computerized supply management system attempts to make order of the chaos often caused by uncoordinated humanitarian relief. The system initially targeted health-related supplies in the aftermath of a disaster. At the urging of most Latin American countries, the scope of SUMA was broadened to include all relief items. It formally started operations in 1992 with the financial support of the Government of the Netherlands, and currently has more than 2,500 trained volunteers around the world, an integrated logistics course (MISE), and is included in the curriculum of several universities. This publication can be ordered from PAHO's Emergency Preparedness Program ([][/email]), or can be downloaded as a PDF file. You need to have installed Adobe Acrobat Reader to read these files. It can be obtained free of charge from the Adobe Website. Brochure 614 Kb. Cover 138 Kb. --- Agencies Meet to Discuss a Common Logistical Support System World Health Organization (WHO) Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) World Food Program (WFP) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) HUMANITARIAN LOGISTICS SYSTEMS MUST IMPROVE, EXPERTS SAY Joint Press Release WHO/37 13 August 2001 Humanitarian supply logistics systems must be effectively coordinated to help people in disasters or emergency situations, a group of experts has concluded. Over 50 logistics experts from international organizations, which make up a roll call of those most frequently in the forefront in disaster response came together last week for the first time at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva to discuss logistics management systems for humanitarian assistance in disaster situations. Chief among their conclusions are that logistics systems must be better coordinated and clearly transparent if humanitarian supplies are to bring the most effective help to people in crisis. "There is an urgent need for better coordination of humanitarian supply logistics in disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. To do this, a common approach to exchange logistical information and an internationally standardized classification of supplies is vital," said the participants. The workshop, a joint initiative of the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), World Food Program (WFP) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), was held to improve coordination between the agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGO?s) and donors with respect to the logistics of international relief assistance in disaster situations. The participants agreed to use the experience and philosophy of SUMA, a system developed by PAHO and the Foundation for the Development of a Supply Management System (FUNDESUMA), as the base for development of this common platform. SUMA software has been used successfully in the last ten years mainly in the Americas, during and after large disasters such as Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and the El Salvador earthquakes in January 2001. Experts advise that a common system should be useful not only for the United Nations agencies and humanitarian assistance organizations, but also for national authorities in disaster-prone countries, who often lack logistics software to manage incoming supplies in an emergency situation, said Dr Claude de Ville de Goyet, chief of PAHO's Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Program. "From experience, we know that the availability of a logistics information system in a disaster situation helped countries like El Salvador and Honduras quite a lot in efficient management of international assistance. It also improved transparency and accountability for the management of donations, which is very important," Dr de Ville added. Frequently, countries that experience a disaster are flooded with tons of supplies, putting a great burden on already stretched relief staff who then must categorize and dispose of the material. Systems like SUMA use simple software on laptop computers to track and sort incoming donations and their destinations, allowing disaster managers to see what they have and send it where it is needed. According to Dr Alessandro Loretti, of WHO Headquarters Emergency and Humanitarian Action department, a key objective of the meeting is to put crucial "substance into coordination for emergencies". "By providing people with a common logistic system, you decrease the difference between the beneficiaries - both national authorities and local communities and authorities - and the providers, and offer empowerment which is the only true form of capacity building" Dr Loretti said. Other agencies have similar systems but they have not all been integrated into a common framework. Common categorization of items are necessary, as well as a central data warehouse to keep track of supplies and communicate among tracking systems. "We are offering the countries and relief agencies, large and small, the use of SUMA as a basic tracking system," said Dr de Ville. "The ability to share information on what relief items are arriving into a disaster zone will not only facilitate improve planning by Agencies for the receipt and despatch of these items at key entry points of airports and ports, but also help identify and address logistics bottlenecks, which commonly arise in emergency operations" said Mr. David Kaatrud, Chief of WFP's Logistics Service. In addition to representatives from United Nations agencies like UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, WHO, PAHO, OCHA, also present at the Geneva workshop were representatives from International Committee of the Red Cross, International users of existing logistics systems, and representatives of the private sector. For more information, please contact: Dr. Claude de Ville de Goyet, at PAHO's Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Program, [][/email]. , (202) 974-3520 or Dr. Xavier Leus, at the WHO Department of Emergency and Humanitarian Action,: 41 22 791 2752, [][/email] or Mr. S. Piazzi of OCHA at 41 22 917 3518 or Francis Mwanza of WFP at 0039-06-65132623 or Mr Gregory Hartl, WHO Spokesperson, WHO, Geneva. Telephone (+41 22) 791 4458; Fax (+41 22) 791 4858; Email: [][/email] All WHO Press Releases, Fact Sheets and Features as well as other information on this subject can be obtained on Internet on the WHO home page --- Roche Laments AIDS Drug Delivery Associated Press (10.05.01) With AIDS drug prices slashed for the poorest countries, the problem now is how to get the vital medicine delivered to people with the disease, the head of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche said Friday. "We're committed to playing a part in fighting AIDS and for that purpose we're supplying our drugs at no profit or free of charge, but I think people understand the issue is no longer price," said Roche Chief Executive Franz Humer. "We need infrastructure, training . political will and commitment." Pharmaceutical companies, under fire for charging amounts beyond the reach of poor countries, have begun cutting prices. AIDS activists have accused the companies of blocking efforts by some countries to produce cheaper generic versions of the drugs. But the drug makers have warned that their research and development efforts on HIV/AIDS drugs could slow or stop if their patent rights are not protected. Humer met Thursday with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and officials from six other drug companies for talks on improving access to AIDS drugs. Measures discussed included reducing drug prices, improving health services and encouraging private sector involvement, Humer said. In addition, "Major employers in afflicted countries should also allocate resources to promote prevention," said Humer, adding that the discussions also included encouraging partnership between local government groups, UN agencies and the pharmaceutical industry. --- States on Verge of Eliminating Polio Africa News Service ( (10/19/01) Sixteen West African countries are participating in a weeklong campaign to find every child in the region under the age of five years and vaccinate them against polio, even as levels of the disease have fallen to an unprecedented low. Recent political stability in the area will allow the thousands of volunteers and aid workers to reach children in parts of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea that have until now been inaccessible. Organized by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, Rotary International, and a host of African groups, the program will follow the steps taken by past campaigns that have proven very successful in reducing the rate of polio cases. --- World disasters report, 2001 The report looks at how humanitarian agencies and governments can best help disaster-affected communities to recover, to become stronger and more disaster-resistant. 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