16 August 2019

IFPW and the IFPW Foundation

2018

Commitment Progress

In 2018 IFPW Foundation continued to provide scholarships for students both at the Logivac Center in Benin and the EAC Center of Excellence in Kigali, Rwanda. The EAC, after a slow start got off the ground in 2017 in providing a Health Supply Chain Management Masters degree program and short courses on a variety of technical subjects pertaining to supply chain management. Students from both centers included existing vaccine managers who are making an impact in improving the vaccine supply chain in both anglophone and francophone countries. Their impact will grow exponentially as the program develops further.

In addition, our GAVI relationship led to our commitment to be the implementing partner of STEP Leadership classes in GAVI eligible countries. Four successful classes were held in Benin and Nigeria in 2018 and IFPW provided facilitators and mentors for both classes. The impact the students have made with their capstone projects has been significant and continues to grow. IFPWs decision to become a strategic partner in support of the program’s expansion and implementation has provided pharma manufacturers and distributors from around the world the opportunity to become directly involved in the training of vaccine supply chain managers.

The impacts from this training is positively improving vaccination rates by significantly enhancing supply chain personnel’s capabilities, confidence and the techniques being employed. Significant learnings continue to occur and the implementation of each class is better than the last. IFPW Foundation is particularly focused on facilitators and mentors but is also involved in improving all elements of the STEP Leadership course including the selection of attendees, pre-class engagement, post class engagement, and project focus. In addition more formalized measurement and evaluation metrics are being implemented to better report against impact. The first such report will be available in 2019.

2017

Commitment Progress

In 2017 IFPW Foundation provided scholarships for students at the Logivac Center in Benin participating in the Health Supply Chain Management Bachelors degree program and a number of short courses on a variety of technical subjects pertaining to supply chain management.  Students included existing vaccine managers who are hard at work improving the vaccine supply chain in francophone countries. The EAC Center of Excellence in Kigali, Rwanda was delayed in the implementation of its Supply Chain Masters program so additional support for this center will be pushed until 2018. The commitment we made on the education of professionals in both a Masters program and short courses in East Africa has begun to impact improvement of service delivery of vaccine products. Graduating students are beginning to employ the concepts they have learned and their impact will only be greater as the program develops further.

In addition, our GAVI relationship has led to our commitment to be the implementing partner of STEP Leadership classes in GAVI eligible countries. Having provided facilitators and mentors for 4 classes in 2016 and 2017(Rwanda, Uganda, Benin, and Pakistan) and seen the learning that has occurred and the impact that it makes from the Capstone projects undertaken by students in the certification process, IFPW has agreed to become a strategic partner in support of the program’s expansion and implementation. These impacts have positively improved vaccination rates by significantly enhancing supply chain personnel’s capabilities, confidence and the techniques being employed.

Significant learnings have occurred as IFPW Foundation is focused on improving all elements of the STEP Leadership course including the selection of attendees, pre-class engagement, on site class participation and engagement, post class engagement, and project focus.  In addition more formalized measurement and evaluation metrics are being implemented to better report against impact in the future.

2016

In support of Every Woman Every Child and the Every Newborn Action Plan, IFPW and the IFPW Foundation, is partnering with Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, to provide technical assistance and financial support towards improving availability and reach of life-saving essential medicines, health commodities and vaccines.

As the global trade organization for pharmaceutical wholesalers and distributors, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW) is in a strong position to improve access by mobilizing its network of members to: (a) increase the availability of products by addressing “last mile” delivery challenges, (b) increase awareness about the impact of these vaccines, medicines and devices on women and children’s health, and (c) provide technical assistance and funding to improve the functioning and capacity of health supply chains, particularly in developing nations.

The commitment, worth over $1.5 million, intends to provide in country technical advice and financial support, initially focused on 2 supply chain management training centers in East and West Africa. This 3-year commitment will commence in January of 2016 and end in December 2018, and will support the LOGIVAC center in Benin and the newly-forming EAC center in Rwanda, launched in March 2016, along with the countries served by these facilities.

Commitment Progress

IFPW Foundation has spent approximately 28% of the original $1.5M in grants and technical support committed. Our focus has been both East and West Africa. We have targeted supply chain students and vaccine managers with the focus to improve supply chain logistics in the areas needing it the most. By targeted both supply chain students and managers we have been able to impact newborns, children under 5, adolescents, and women of reproductive age.

2014

Lack of access to prescribed medicines and medical devices in many parts of the world is a major contributor to an unacceptably high number of deaths, particularly in the area of maternal, newborn and children.

As the global trade organization for pharmaceutical wholesalers and distributors, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW) is in a strong position to improve access to the medicines and devices that can have the greatest life‐saving impact for women and children by mobilizing its network of members to: (a) increase the by addressing “last mile” delivery challenges, (b) increase awareness about the impact of these medicines and devices on women and children’s health, and (c) provide technical advice to country governments and other stakeholders to improve the functioning of health supply chains, particularly in developing nations.

Accordingly, in support of Every Woman Every Child and the Every Newborn Action Plan, IFPW and the IFPW Foundation, will establish a new Global Access to Medicines Team to provide in country technical advice and support to governments, global health partners and other stakeholders.  This new 5-year commitment will prioritize requests from the 15 countries where maternal and newborn deaths are most concentrated and will commence immediately.
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