Balochis­tan mak­ing progress by use of ‘sup­ply chains tech­nol­ogy’ for fi­nanc­ing

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Since 2009, USAID is sup­port­ing the Govern­ment of Pak­istan through John Snow In­cor­po­rated (JSI) im­ple­mented DE­LIVER pro­ject and pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance in im­prov­ing es­sen­tial health com­mod­ity sup­ply chains by strength­en­ing lo­gis­tics man­age­ment in­for­ma­tion sys­tems, stream­lin­ing ware­hous­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tems and en­hanc­ing fore­cast­ing and pro­cure­ment plan­ning for the Fed­eral and Pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments. In this con­nec­tion a sem­i­nar was or­ga­nized Wed­nes­day by John Snow, In­cor­po­ra­tion and DE­LIVER in the lo­cal ho­tel. It was a col­lab­o­ra­tion of USAID, Min­istry of Na­tional Health Ser­vices, Reg­u­la­tions& Co­or­di­na­tion and health and pop­u­la­tion de­part­ments of Govern­ment of Balochis­tan for dis­sem­i­na­tion of prov­ince spe­cific Lo­gis­tics & Sup­ply Chain pol­icy guide­lines and man­u­als to the Depart­ment of Health and Pop­u­la­tion Wel­fare Depart­ment.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by se­nior of­fi­cials from health, pop­u­la­tion and plan­ning de­part­ments of the Govern­ment of Balochis­tan in­clud­ing Ad­di­tional Sec­re­tary, Chief Plan­ning Of­fi­cer, Deputy Sec­re­tary, Ms. Mon­ica Vil­lanueva, Mr. Khalid Mehmood from USAID/Pak­istan and Dr. Muham­mad Tariq, Coun­try Di­rec­tor, JSI/DE­LIVER pro­ject and his team mem­bers were present at the oc­ca­sion.

In or­der to en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity of USAID sup­ported Balochis­tan Lo­gis­tics Man­age­ment In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem and con­tra­cep­tive com­mod­ity avail­abil­ity, the Chief Min­is­ter Balochis­tan re­cently ap­proved Rs. 359 mil­lion to meet the con­tra­cep­tive re­quire­ments of 2015 - 2018 pe­riod. Sim­i­larly, PWD Balochis­tan fi­nanced Rs. 35 mil­lion. Re­spond­ing to chal­lenges re­lat­ing to hu­man re­source ca­pac­ity build­ing of pro­vin­cial govern­ment in the post de­vo­lu­tion sce­nario es­pe­cially Balochis­tan "Es­sen­tial Medicines Lists" for pri­mary and sec­ondary level health­care fa­cil­i­ties; "In­te­grated Con­tra­cep­tive Lo­gis­tics Man­ual" and se­ries of train­ing man­u­als for im­prov­ing ca­pac­ity of Balochis­tan work­force with health and pop­u­la­tion de­part­ments.

The Coun­try Di­rec­tor of JSI/ DE­LIVER Pro­ject, Dr. Muham­mad Tariq ap­plauded the lead­er­ship sup­port of both Health and Pop­u­la­tion Wel­fare De­part­ments of Balochis­tan for their im­mense con­tri­bu­tions to de­sign, de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of lo­gis­tics & sup­ply chain in­ter­ven­tions in the prov­ince of Balochis­tan.

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