UNFPA supports nationwide deployment of software for medicines and commodities management

UNFPA LogoAn element of the National Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS) Strategic Plan 2011-2015 for securing RH Products is the development of software for the collection of data essential for determining the needs of the country. As such, UNFPA through a series of strategic interventions has taken the lead in supporting the nationwide deployment of a reliable and efficient electronic Logistic Management Information System (eLMIS) for the effective management of essential medicines and commodities.
UNFPA supported the Government of Akwa Ibom State, in building the skill pool of the human resources of the State through training on eLMIS for the management of its commodities. The key objective of the roll out is to strengthen the capacity of the State RH/FP Logistics team to utilize the CHANNEL software to ensure sustainability, and effective coordination so as to provide easy access to Reproductive Health logistic data throughout the distribution pipeline in the country. Participants were drawn from the thirty-one (31) Local government of the state, who were the LGA Family Planning supervisors and their Assistant M&E Officers.
Today’s event marks the official handover of equipment (computers, hard drives, printers, and UPS) to be used for the CHANNEL application at the State Ministry of Health, thereby ensuring availability of reproductive health data and also for the dissemination of the 2012- 2013 Global Program to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security (GPRHCS) survey reports. The GPRHCS Survey is part of a flagship intervention of the UNFPA’s global programme on strengthening Reproductive Health Commodity Security’s technical and financial assistance in the country.
GPRHCS programme in Nigeria is assessed through indicators outlined in the Performance Monitoring & Evaluation Global Framework, assessed through a special study conducted in the GPRHCS Stream 1 countries which allows for comparison of data across country lines and, enables analysis that will enhance the repositioning of family planning and emergency obstetric and new-born care aimed at meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
This event, the fourth in a series of such support to the Government of Nigeria, is the first for the South South region.