|Quantification Methodologies for Public Health Procurement Workshop|
The training was delivered by a team of experienced professionals Ms Lisa Hedman with Fay Venegas Sr. Procurement Officers, PATH, USA and Dr. Libby Levison, Public Health Consultant, USA. The training was intended to develop an understanding of the quantification methodologies for public health procurement of essential medicines and biomedical equipment as part of the procurement strategies of the Ministry of Health and Welfare at central level and for state procurement.
Specific objectives included:
The training methodology for the programme was designed to encourage the trainees to participate in discussions and to learn through an interactive method. The flow of the course was designed so that the conceptual clarity was drawn by every participant. The training methodologies mainly included the following tools to ensure that clear understanding was drawn by each individual:
The list of participants for the trainings is as under:
Table I: List of Participants: at New Delhi
Table II: List of Participants: at Ahmadabad:
The outcome of the programme can be used to understand the problems being faced at operational level by staff and the implementation of LIMS (Logistics Information Management System) can address those issues to a large extent.
The feedback given by the participants can be used to understand the future training needs of the officials. It is opined that a second stage of training covering details of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, specifically covering warehousing and distribution concepts will help in further enhancing the capacity the officials.
It was also suggested during the workshop at New Delhi that a visit to a store/ warehouse would help ascertain the practical shortcomings; the same was accordingly organised during Ahmedabad workshop.