Sustainable Training Practices

Integrating supply chain management training into higher education.

To ensure sustainability for its interventions, the project worked with ministries of health, educational institutions, and the private sector to select and implement the strategies that best supported capacity building in a particular country context. In 11 countries, the project worked with universities and other training institutions to introduce supply chain management into existing curricula. In five countries, covering two continents, the project enabled training institutions to offer supply chain courses for working professionals.

In Ghana, the project helped introduce pre-service training (PST) for all nurses and pharmacists in schools across the country. Supply chain training is now part of the curriculum in all three universities that offer a pharmacy degree and in 109 nursing and midwifery schools, as well as four other health institutions. With PST in place, an estimated 133,440 students will graduate with supply chain management training by 2020, which by far exceeds the number that could be reached through in-service training workshops and on-the-job training. These students provide a growing health workforce qualified to manage the supply chain for the drugs and other health supplies.

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