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Development of Capacity for the procurement of Pharmaceuticals and other Health goods and services & strengthening of management capacity of the Drug Supply Company Suriname (BGVS)

Ministry of Health
Field of Expertise:
Medical Products/ TechnologiesPolicy/strategy/DRA; PSCM /Financing and cost/pricingProcurement and Supply chain Assessments & Strengthening; Procurement / Tender / Quantification; Pharmaceutical Sector Planning, M&E
Narrative description of project:
The overall objective of the Technical Assistance (TA) for the Procurement and Supply Consultancy and the Drug Supply Company Suriname (BGVS) Management Support Services for the Ministry of Health in Suriname was to establish internationally accepted procurement and supply functions in the health sector, as well as the necessary management arrangements that will facilitate Goods Procurement Practises at the BGVS.
Description of services provided:
The hera team of international and local consultants provided support to the MOH Pharmaceutical Policy Coordinator with the development of the public health sector procurement organization and planning as well as storage and distribution of commodities. More specifically the team assisted the MOH, hospitals, other health institutions and programs in the set-up of its institutional framework for procurement of Goods, Works and Services and assisted the BGVS Board of Directors and management in formulating and executing its policy for 2007-2008.

The focus was on:
• Procurement and supply management activities with regard to essential drugs and supplies at BGVS as well as at MOH, hospitals, other health institutions and programs;
• Development and implementation of harmonized procurement and supply systems, including procedures, quality assurance, administration, monitoring, documentation;
• Recruitment and training of staff to undertake aforementioned tasks;
• Building working relationships with all stakeholders, including sensitizing senior staff in the public health system on sound procurement systems and procedures;
• Training and skills transfer regarding Good Procurement Practises at central and BGVS level;
• Financial management, including costing and pricing of goods and credit control at BGVS;
• Evaluation of data management at BGVS, with a focus on management information systems and taking into account specific requirements of clients and stakeholders