Health Supply Chain Management (HSCM)


Course name Health Supply Chain Management (HSCM)
Institution Pamela Steele Associates (PSA) Ltd
Location Kenya, Nairobi
Language English
Contact information

Anna Tighe
0044 (0)1865 339370

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Course objective

The objective of this course is to increase participants' understanding of procurement and logistics management of health supply chains and associated planning requirements, enabling them to make improvements in their own geographical and organisational contexts.

Sector Public
General course topics Variety/range of logistics topics in some detail
Specific course topics

According to the constitution of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) access to essential medicines is part of the right to health. Increasing the availability of essential medicines at the service delivery point is crucial to preventing millions of deaths. The success of a health programme is dependent on the ability to reliably and consistently supply essential products, including medicines, to support service delivery. However, despite increased donor funding and an array of new products, there are a number of factors that continue to significantly restrict access to essential medicines and other health products.

While many factors influence medicine availability, the capacity of a country’s supply chain to select, forecast, procure, and deliver essential health supplies can be a major constraint. As we move into the post-2015 agenda of Sustainable Development Goals it is clear that sustainable health supply chain management is critical. Supply chain excellence requires that all of the functions of a supply chain work together efficiently. For example, decisions about product selection must inform decisions about distribution modes, the frequency of delivery, and storage specification. Similarly, rational use of pharmaceuticals is critical for accurate quantification - which, in turn, effects procurement planning. Any supply chain strategy must consider these interactions and the associated trade-offs between alternative approaches.

The course structure is based on the 6 + 1 rights of a health supply chain: the right goods, the right quantity, the right cost, the right condition, the right place, the right time, and the right interventions. PSA's training focuses on the higher–order skills required by supply chain managers to understand the end-to-end requirements for a sustainable health supply chain, rather than a narrow focus on individual activities. It is, therefore, important for everyone involved in supply chain management to have a demonstrable competence in each function.

Total time commitment 37.5
Focus commodity Health, including RH
Accredited No
Accredited by Other
Certificate name Certificate
Degree name Pamela Steele Associates Certificate of Learning & Participation
Attendance mode In-person
Incentives No
Audience Open Enrollment
Pre-requisites No
Course fee $1,975
Course fee description
  • Non-Residential: £1,500 GBP
  • Residential (Early-Bird): £2,025 GBP
  • Residential (Regular): £2,250 GBP

Discount available Yes
Discount description
  • Save 10% on the Regular Ticket when you pay before the 25th September
  • Save 5% if you book three or more places on any one course
Course included in analysis No
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