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Procurement and Supply Management

The  PSM unit was established in NMCP in  September  2007, manned by pharmacists/logisticians and  richly supported by relevant PSM consultants. 

The  unit’s operation  which is well supported by a set of policies and principles on procurement and supply management  aim to support the National Malaria Control programme in procuring quality- assured medicines and other health products in sufficient quantities, reduce cost inefficiencies, ensure  the reliability and security of the distribution system.

The unit is  responsible to the head of division, National Coordinator  of  NMCP.

Its  major  responsibility   essentially includes the following: 

  • Product Selection
  • Forecasting & Quantification
  • Procurement
  • Inventory Management
  • Ensures Commodity Security of all Antimalaria commodities-
  • Quality Assurance
  • Promoting  accessibility to  Safe, Effective and Quality Antimalaria  medicines and commodities
  • Ensuring and promoting Good Storage Practices and elimination of medicine expiration.
  • Port Clearing  of Antimalaria medicines and commodities
  • Ensuring and Promoting proper and efficient Distribution System to avoid Expirations  and  Stock Out.
  • Development and Deployment of inventory and LMIS tools to States and LGAs
  • Training and Supervisory support  to States/LGAs on LMIS operations and  WAREHOUSE management.
  • Tracking and Harmonization of all procurement and supply activities carried out by NMCP and RBM  partners.

It is a common slogan in  programmes  that  “NO PRODUCT, NO PROGRAMME”. PSM unit ensures that the programme runs well with the availability of antimalarial products.

On the summary, the PSM unit has the responsibility of ensuring that the logistic system of the antimalarials is not compromised and targets the clients as its prime concern. This is essentially getting the RIGHT QUANTITIES of the   RIGHT GOODS to the RIGHT PLACES at the RIGHT TIME in the RIGHT CONDITION and at the RIGHT COST.

The Operations Of The Unit Are Officially Guided By:

The National Drug Policy, 2005 Public Procurement ACT,2007 National Antimalaria Treatment Policy (NATP) National Standard Treatment Guideline . The unit offers a cross cutting services. Working hand in hand with the Case Management , Integrated Vector Management (IVM) and Advocacy Community Social Mobilization (ACSM) units to achieve the overall divisions objective.

PSM activities are much pronounced at the lower level of health care. Several tools have therefore being developed for routine logistic operations to ensure that there is no out of stock and there is no expiration of antimalarial medicines and commodities.

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