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August 2018  |  Issue 3 

Public health events:

F E A T U R E   S T O R Y FS
Data: the public health supply chain's biggest challenge and opportunity

Public health supply chains face  two big challenges .The first is the  availability of complete, accurate, and timely data . The second is  isolated silos of data , which disconnect global supply chains from in-country supply chains.

Without accurate, timely data available across the supply chain, it is extremely difficult for donors, organizations, and service providers that manage public health programs to make informed decisions based on facts and, ultimately, to reach their program goals.
PFSCM has invested in a next-generation Control Tower, which will enable public health supply chain stakeholders to connect to a single, digital cloud-based platform that will streamline stakeholders' data input capabilities and provide them access to previously idle and isolated data.
The combination of accurate, real-time, and all-encompassing data will provide donors, governments, countries, vendors, and all stakeholders with the tailored information they need to make data-driven decisions that ensure the optimal performance of the supply chain.

S E R V I C E   S P O T L I G H T :   S O U R C E   SOURCE
Why drug procurement is not always about the lowest price  

PFSCM is pleased to announced that a new paper has been published in the esteemed  Lancet Global Health journal

The piece, entitled  Dispelling myths about drug procurement policy , focuses on drug prices, which are controversial in all countries but nowhere more so than in low-income and middle-income countries, where access to essential drugs is very price sensitive.

The higher the price, the fewer the patients who can be treated, so therefore the aim is to maintain drug prices consistently low. However, it is not always clear whether the lowest price for a drug represents the best value, and it is an issue that many purchasers must consider. 
Key considerations:
  • Will quality be compromised?
  • Will the bidder offering the lowest price be able to deliver on time and in full? 
Unsatisfactory answers to these key questions will put lives at risk.

Read the publication now...
PFSCM hosted a successful booth and workshop during AIDS 2018 

In July 2018, PFSCM attended the esteemed  22nd International Aids Conference in Amsterdam. PFSCM had an exhibition booth and hosted a workshop as well.

PFSCM has been in the public health space for more than a decade and the event was a fitting opportunity for us to again showcase our expertise and relevance in the field

From visitor feedback it is evident that through our past work for the US government's Supply Chain Management System project, and our current work for the Global Fund, the DREAMS initiative, New Horizons and many other direct projects, we have left and are leaving positive and memorable impressions in the industry. 

  Read more and see the photos here...
I N D U S T R Y   N E W S  and  V I E W S IN

WHO and Jhpiego launch  Oral PrEP Tool mobile app

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Jhpiego have developed an app to access the WHO implementation tool for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) of HIV infection.

The Oral PrEP Tool app makes it easy to view the WHO PrEP Implementation Tool on smartphones and tablets, online or offline, wherever you are.

The app offers on-the-go access to various modules for clinicians, counsellors, pharmacists, testing providers and PrEP users. 

In future the app will also be available in Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria honors the memory and enormous contributions of Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Annan died in Switzerland on 18 August 2018.

No one contributed more to the creation and ongoing support of the Global Fund than Kofi Annan. He called on the international community to create our partnership in the early 2000s during his time as Secretary-General and made the first financial contribution to the Global Fund