Projects and Publications

Review of Oxytocin Injection Manufacturers in India

It is projected that 41 million postpartum haemorrhage cases could be prevented and 1.4 million lives saved if Oxytocin is readily made available. The objective of this research was to identify manufacturers of Oxytocin Injection in India and help them become global market suppliers. In collaboration with QuRHM Programme of Concept Foundation, the manufacturers shall be facilitated to achieve WHO prequalification status.

Promoting access, quality and technology transfer between Africa and China (UNAIDS)

The objective of the study was to promote technology transfer of quality assured commodities between China and Africa and recommend strategies for local production in Africa by catalyzing technology transfer between China and Africa. The study was led by UNAIDS China in collaboration with WHO China and China Chamber of Commerce for import and export of medicines and health products.

Regulation of Anti-Malarial Commodities with a focus on Artemisinin-Combination Therapy in Asia and Pacific

The Asia Pacific region has been facing a big challenge of resistance to oral artemisinin-based combination therapies. Empower School of Health has written a recommendations paper for APLMA (funded by ADB) highlighting various interventions to counter this situation, based on improving product quality, strong enforcement of regulations, and building consumer awareness.

Access to New Health Products in Low Income Countries and the Challenge of Pharmacovigilance; Pharmacovigilance Plan of India

Empower conducted an assessment of pharmacovigilance (PV) strategies on behalf of the Product Development Partnership (PDP) Access Steering Group. This assessment applies the broader definition of PV which includes activities related to safety monitoring of therapeutics and vaccines during clinical development and post‐product launch. Empower has also helped Government of India in adopting the Pharmacovigilance Plan.

Dynamics of Pharmaceutical Quality Systems for Export of Pharmaceuticals from India to Africa (for UKAID-DfID)

The objective of the project was to assess the pharmaceutical quality systems in India and Africa. Empower interviewed more than 40 stakeholders across Government and Industry in India and three selected countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya) and . The report was very well received by UKAID-DfID, Government of India (Pharmexcil), and international donor agencies.

Local Production Of AntiMalarial Commodities

The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) commissioned Empower School of Health to write an issues paper on the local production of anti-malarial commodities to inform future DFID strategies on potential and appropriate points of engagement. The paper considers three types of anti-malarial products: ACTs, rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs).

Assessment of procurement and supply chain processes of Global Fund funded countries as Local Fund Agent

Empower School of Health conducted Procurement and Supply Chain (PSM) assessments in more than 25 Global Fund funded countries in partnership with Global Fund LFAs KPMG, Grant Thornton and Cardno EM. (no attachment)

Consultancy Services for Procurement, Supply Chain Management for Uttar Pradesh Health Systems Strengthening

Empower School of Health, in collaboration with Ernst and Young has been contracted by Department of Health and Family Welfare, UP for Uttar Pradesh Health Systems Strengthening Project funded by World Bank to find out the immediate/ urgent capacity gaps & systemic weaknesses & provide technical support to Central Medical Store Depot (CMSD). This includes training of 2000 CMSD officials throughout the state. (no attachment)

Health Procurement System Strengthening Services

Empower School of Health has been contracted by United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the near east, Jordan for Supply Chain Management Services. The objectives of the proposed scope of work for pharmaceutical and medical commodities procurement are to harmonize and simplify quality assurance standards. (no attachment)

Strengthening Inventory Management Systems to Improve Availability of RMNCH+A Products in the State of Bihar

Empower School of Health has been contracted by CARE, India for strengthening inventory management systems in Bihar for RMNCH+A products. The objectives of this study are to build the capacity of staff managing the medical stores and warehouses for the GoB. This should help the staff manage the existing stocks in the system more effectively, ultimately leading to improvement in availability of products at the point of care (hospitals and health facilities). (no attachment)

Technical Assessment of Dossiers of Reproductive Health Pharmaceuticals

UNFPA wanted expertise in technical /risk based assessment of the FPPs for making procurement decisions. Empower School of Health conducted the dossier assessment for UNFPA based on the underlined criteria and help in making the procurement decisions. (no attachment)

Certificate / Diploma courses in Procurement and Supply Chain Management / Quality Assurance

Empower has so far trained more than 300 people in supply chain management at senior and mid level staff at various organizations (MoH, UN agencies, international NGOs like PSI, UNDP, CHAI, Save the Children, MSF, and others). Trainings are both ‘open’ and ‘closed’. Trainings are short-term 5 day trainings (with prior needs assessment) and followed by 12 months of Technical support through web-based support. (no attachment)  

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