African Association of Essential Drugs National Purchasing Centres training partnership

Sanofi has a training partnership with the African Association of Essential Drugs National Purchasing Centres (ACAME).

Summary  

  • What: Sanofi developed and piloted a training programme on end-to-end pharmaceutical supply chain management for national purchasing centres in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Objective: It aims to address the specific logistics issues faced in the region regarding medicine supply chains.
  • Details: It scaled up the training programme in partnership with the African Association of Essential Drugs National Purchasing Centres (Association Africaine des Centrales d’Achats de Médicaments Essentiels or ACAME).
  • Impact: To date, staff from seven countries have undertaken this training (Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone and Togo).

Looking closer

From 2010, Sanofi’s Access to Medicines Department developed and piloted a training programme on end-to-end pharmaceutical supply chain management for national purchasing centres in sub-Saharan Africa, in response to specific logistics issues faced in the region, including medicine expiration management, quality control, accessibility of products and their assessment by health workers.

The training programme was piloted in Togo in 2012 before being fully implemented in Niger and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2013. Following this, the company scaled up implementation of the training programme in partnership with the ACAME, to address the needs of ACAME member countries. ACAME was established in 1996 and brings together national centres responsible for purchasing essential medicines in sub-Saharan Africa and aims to promote the prescription, delivery and use of generic essential medicines.

The initiative focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa: to date, staff from seven countries have undertaken this training (Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone and Togo).

While many companies undertake training partnerships related to supply chain management, this initiative is notable for its long-term and phased approach, and its partnership with a key regional stakeholder (ACAME) which explicitly aims to address member countries’ supply chain management capacity building needs.

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