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Laboratory services are essential for successful management many diseases. The management of diseases requires availability of quality laboratory services that meet the need for diagnosis, monitoring and evaluation of treatment efficacy. To achieve this, a reliable and sustainable supply of essential laboratory supplies is required. The aim of the course is to apply the principles of supply chain management to the management of laboratory commodities in low and middle income countries.

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There are many challenges ensuing from the increasing number of stakeholders in the health sector of developing countries. Different stakeholders often have different funding mechanisms and reporting requirements, which makes quantification of essential medicines and medical supplies more complicated. The course addresses the challenges faced during the forecasting and quantification of essential medicines, including HIV/AIDS medicines, antimalarials and TB medicines. It aims at building up the participants’ capacity to master the forecasting and quantification tasks and to decide for the appropriate procurement planning process based on a profound analysis of the data.

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There is currently a strong momentum for the strengthening of the local pharmaceutical sector in developing and emerging markets. Regional and national strategies to promote local pharmaceutical production in line with international standards are being developed.

While the rationale for local production is simple - including factors such as independence from donor programmes which may not run forever, more steady supply chains, and greater control to local regulators - there is still a long way to go and markets are tough. Local companies, especially in low and middle income countries, often face substantial hurdles.

One of the big challenges is the lack of a qualified human resources base in the manufacturing sector of medicines and other healthcare products. In particular, there is need for skilled personnel for quality units (quality assurance, quality control) and other GMP relevant areas. Costs for bringing in experts from abroad are high. Combined with other challenges, local manufacturers often struggle to compete and even survive. Not being in line with international quality standards, they are prevented from passing WHO prequalification, participating in international tenders, and entering international markets.

Moreover, the national medicines regulatory agencies (NMRAs) of these countries experience a shortage too of qualified staff in GMP, GMP inspection and dossier evaluation. This creates difficulties for the NMRAs to enforce internationally acceptable regulatory requirements (including GMP standards) thereby preventing the availability of affordable quality generics for the majority of their low income population groups.

This e-learning course introduces Good Manufacturing Practices for medicines. The course focuses on WHO GMP standards and requirements as one of the major GMPs. Course participants will learn about GMP requirements, including procedural, organizational and infrastructural aspects, as well as about the GMP inspection process. They will be able to critically analyse and implement basic GMP requirements in their daily working routine in the manufacturing and regulatory environment. The participants will practice course contents in quizzes, assignments, and discussion forums.

In the end, these capacity building measures in the area of GMP and GMP inspection will make participants from local manufacturers and national regulatory authorities better equipped for production and regulation of quality assured essential medicines in line with national and international standards.

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In the health sector, there is a growing interest in the development and use of indicators as tools for monitoring the quality and performance of the supply chain management of medicines and medical supplies. The use of these tools can assist countries in monitoring progress in program 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.

The course is designed for experienced professionals involved in SCM. They will learn how to systematically use these indicators to monitor the progress, evaluate the performance and improve the program. Donor agencies, project leaders, and technical and implementing agencies will also benefit from using these tools to harmonize information demands and compare programs across different countries.

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Many of the challenges related to healthcare quality and stock-out situations in low and middle income countries are consequences of poor warehouse management of medicines. Appropriate warehousing of medicines, health products and medical laboratory supplies is an essential component of the supply chain management system, required to maintain the integrity of the health products and prevent stock-out or overstocking at any given time.

This course is designed to introduce you to good warehousing practices for medicines and health products within the health system. We will look at warehouse operations in detail covering the receipt, storage and dispatch of essential medicines. Other topics directly related to warehousing are health and safety, waste management and inventory control. Special focus will also be placed on monitoring and evaluation indicators for warehousing, quality assurance, and rational use.

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Many of the issues of healthcare quality and safety are consequences of poor management of pharmaceuticals. Globally it is estimated that an average 25% of the total health expenditure is on medicines, with poorer countries spending as much as 30%. Knowledge of the full supply chain cycle of pharmaceuticals and practical skills to enhance its performance are important, not only for managers in leadership positions but for all health workers. Supply chain management activities are fundamental to any health programme's performance and all personnel involved, whether it's an inventory manager in a warehouse, a doctor in a health facility or a procurement officer at the central medical store, must have a good understanding of the basic principles of managing health commodities.

This course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts of supply chain management with specific focus on pharmaceuticals and health commodities in a developing country context. Whilst covering a broad range of topics, the course delivery will emphasize the importance of integrating supply chain activities for overall health system strengthening.
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Ensuring the quality of medicines is a major public health concern. The emergence of substandard and counterfeit medicines, coupled with inefficient supply chain systems, not only poses a risk of negative health outcomes but also leads to economic losses and lack of trust in the health system. To address these issues and develop evidence-based strategies, it is important that people at all levels, from policy makers to primary healthcare workers appreciate and comprehend the need for effective QA systems.

This course will introduce you to the concepts and main principles of quality assurance, and will develop further skills and knowledge in different aspects of quality assurance such as pharmaceutical regulation, pharmacovigilance and quality control of medicines.

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Poor inventory decisions can disrupt healthcare services, erode an organisation’s profitability, sustainability and generally wreak havoc on the supply chain. A major fraction of expenditure in many organisation are spent on inventories which if not managed properly may severely impact on quality and service delivery in a resource-constraints environment.

This course focuses on inventory and its associated information systems and technologies. These two components are important as they influence availability of medicines, patients treatment outcomes and ultimately performance ratings of healthcare. Join us as we unravel together the critical role of inventory in healthcare and how to achieve uninterrupted flow of health commodities to patients and end users!

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The Last mile, is where the patients, clients and end-users are located. In many low and middle-income countries, the last mile is often the weakest link in the supply chain thus putting patient lives and huge investments upstream at risks. 

Using a participatory approach built on a strong didactic and experiential learning, this course exposes learners to understand the meaning, realities and context of working in the last mile, its unique characteristics, peculiar issues and challenges.

This course takes learners on a journey to the last mile and encourages critical thinking and pragmatic approach to solving issues of last mile distribution by leveraging best practices from the commercial and private sector.

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The purpose of this System Use training  is to provide an overview of  knowledge and skills required for Users to operate the Ghana integrated Logistics Information System (GhiLMIS).

Upon successful completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the Ghana health supply chain and rationale for the integrated logistics information system.
  • Explain and systematically implement process steps in the Ghana integrated Logistics Information System (GhiLMIS).

This course provides an introduction to HIV/AIDS and how it is managed using antiretroviral therapy. It offers general information about the disease itself, its prevalence, mode of transmission and etiology, and the common therapy and treatment. Special focus is given to the challenges in access and availability of ARV medicines in low and middle income countries.

Many of the issues of healthcare quality and safety are consequences of poor management of pharmaceuticals. Globally it is estimated that an average 25% of the total health expenditure is on medicines, with poorer countries spending as much as 30%. Knowledge of the full supply chain cycle of pharmaceuticals and practical skills to enhance its performance are important, not only for managers in leadership positions but for all health workers. Supply chain management activities are fundamental to any health programme's performance and all personnel involved, whether it's an inventory manager in a warehouse, a doctor in a health facility or a procurement officer at the central medical store, must have a good understanding of the basic principles of managing health commodities.

This course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts of supply chain management with specific focus on pharmaceuticals and health commodities in a developing country context. Whilst covering a broad range of topics, the course delivery will emphasize the importance of integrating supply chain activities for overall health system strengthening.
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Many of the issues of healthcare quality and safety are consequences of poor management of pharmaceuticals. Globally it is estimated that an average 25% of the total health expenditure is on medicines, with poorer countries spending as much as 30%. Knowledge of the full supply chain cycle of pharmaceuticals and practical skills to enhance its performance are important, not only for managers in leadership positions but for all health workers. Supply chain management activities are fundamental to any health programme's performance and all personnel involved, whether it's an inventory manager in a warehouse, a doctor in a health facility or a procurement officer at the central medical store, must have a good understanding of the basic principles of managing health commodities.

This course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts of supply chain management with specific focus on pharmaceuticals and health commodities in a developing country context. Whilst covering a broad range of topics, the course delivery will emphasize the importance of integrating supply chain activities for overall health system strengthening.
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This course will equip participants with a basic understanding of the disease malaria, its diagnosis and treatment. It is primarily designed for people who do not come from a health background and who are new to this field. The course has been developed internally by i+solutions based on years of experience in procurement of antimalarials under Global Fund grants.

This is a open online course without facilitation. Once you have completed all activities (100%), you will be awarded an e-badge certifying successful course completion.

This short introductory course offers basic concepts and exercises on the quantification of medicines and health products.
This is a free and open online course without facilitation.

The i+scholarship programme for 2020 will open in November 2019. You can prepare yourself by updating your profile and reading the policy rules.

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Change is inevitable. For many organisations change can become a regular occurrence. Accordingly, dealing with change and, more significantly, the impact of change, is a high priority for organisations.

This course is designed to help organisations and their people manage the impact of change, apply theories of  change management and how change affects, and is affected by, individuals, teams, organisations. Irrespective of the scale and scope of the project or organisation change management training enable teams to work effectively to deal with and embrace change.

At the end of the course, participants will be equipped to better understand change through the implementation of change theories, enabling a higher rate of satisfactory change and staff engagement.

In the health sector, there is a growing interest in the development and use of indicators as tools for monitoring the quality and performance of the supply chain management of medicines and medical supplies. The use of these tools can assist countries in monitoring progress in program 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.

The course is designed for experienced professionals involved in SCM. They will learn how to systematically use these indicators to monitor the progress, evaluate the performance and improve the program. Donor agencies, project leaders, and technical and implementing agencies will also benefit from using these tools to harmonize information demands and compare programs across different countries.

You are welcome to a brand-new course on i+ academy!  

Poor inventory decisions can disrupt healthcare services, erode an organisation’s profitability, sustainability and generally wreak havoc on the supply chain. A major fraction of expenditure in many organisation are spent on inventories which if not managed properly may severely impact on quality and service delivery in a resource-constraints environment.

This course focuses on inventory and its associated information systems and technologies. These two components are important as they influence availability of medicines, patients treatment outcomes and ultimately performance ratings of healthcare. Join us as we unravel together the critical role of inventory in healthcare and how to achieve uninterrupted flow of health commodities to patients and end users!

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