Highlights of the 9th International Workshop on Global Health Procurement & Supply Chain Management

Empower successfully completed the 9th International Workshop on Global Health Procurement and Supply Chain Management, scheduled in Bangkok, Thailand from 18th to 22nd June 2018. The goal of the workshop was to provide professionals with a platform to build continuously learning organizations, and to provide them with a strategic approach and understanding of PSM, regulatory affairs and quality assurance.

The unique strength of the workshop was access to the rich experience of faculty from various organizations. Prof Paul Lalvani and Prof Andy Barraclough inaugurated the workshop by introducing the organization as well as the aim of the workshop and thereafter, conducted sessions on the Procurement and Supply Chain and Access to Medicines. Mr. Martin Ellis conducted a session wherein he briefed the participants on "Utilizing Maturity Frameworks in Developing Countries to Improve Health Commodity Supply Chains".

The workshop also focused on capacity development of individuals based on Self-Assessment Methodology. . Dr. Andrew N Brown, as an honorary presenter, briefed the professionals about the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Program Health Systems Strengthening approach to Capacity Development followed by a session on Empower's Competency Assessment Tool conducted by Prof. Andy Barraclough promoting the need for continued learning.

A field visit to organizations like UNDP, UNAIDS and WHO was also organized wherein Mr. Leslie Ong and Ms. Mashida Rashid from UNDP emphasized on Promoting Access to Health Technologies, Dr. Salil Panakadan and Mr. Aries Valeriano from UNAIDS conducted a session on Regional Overview of HIV Epidemic and Response, and Dr. Renu Garg from WHO briefed the professionals on the Importance of Access to Medicines and how can it be achieved.

Ms. Hooi Poay Tan from Thermo Fisher Scientific was also invited to demonstrate the use and benefits of the TruScan RM analyzer. The analyzer's non-destructive point-and-shoot sampling principle facilitates rapid verification of a broad range of chemical compounds. Some of the applications in QA/QC include enhanced raw material ID for similar compounds, multiple component ID, and identification and quantification of finished products.

Participants' profiles: 20 participants from 15 organizations representing 12 countries attended the workshop
Trainers: Faculty with over 30 years of experience working in Public Health, Procurement and Supply Chain and Access to Medicines, conducted the sessions and moderated the group work
• Prof Paul Lalvani (Director, Empower Group)
• Prof Andy Barraclough (Director - Training and Capacity Building)
• Dr. Andrew N Brown (Workforce Development Specialist, USAID GHSC-PSM)
• Dr. Salil Panakadan (Regional Program Advisor, UNAIDS)
• Mr. Aries Valeriano (Youth Officer, UNAIDS)
• Ms. Mashida Rashid (Public Health Specialist, UNDP)
• Mr. Leslie Ong (Programme Analyst, UNDP)
• Dr. Renu Garg (Medical Officer, WHO)
• Mr. Martin Ellis (Former Head of Supply Chain, The Global Fund)
• Ms. Hooi Poay Tan, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Our Partners

EKSM Foundation and Empower jointly signed a MoU to collaborate for research, consulting and capacity building activities in various Public Health programs

Our Partners

Empower was invited by Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation (KSCF), New Delhi, to The Research Symposium titled “Every Child Matters: Research and Evidence to Accelerate Action for Child Protection in India”, hosted by KSCF's Research Division, in order to bring together concerned stakeholders and share evidence and research-based knowledge that could be useful for making child protection more effective than what it is today.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Kailash Satyarthi addressed the need for research into child protection during the symposium.
#research #protection #BeEmpowered

Highlights of Sustainable Supply Chains for Health System Strengthening Workshop_Denmark

Prof. Paul Lalvani was invited as a facilitator for the Sustainable Supply Chains for Health System Strengthening Workshop, scheduled from 14-18 May in Copenhagen, Denmark, in his role as the co-chair of People That Deliver and Director of Empower School of Health.

During the workshop, his technical knowledge of the subject matter; understating of partners' comparative advantages; practical understanding of the real-world problems; contributed to the success of the meeting.

Empower looks forward to working with United Nations Children's Fund to build sustainable supply chains for health systems strengthening which deliver concrete results for children.

Red Cross Day

Empower is supporting #IFRC and International Red Cross Societies in the areas of #FirstAid and #VolunteerEngagement

#RedCrossDay #RedCrescentDay #Everywhere4Everyone

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Highlights of the International Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs

We are delighted to announce the successful completion of the 9-day face-to-face workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs, held in Dubai, UAE from 21st to 30th March 2018.

Prior to the workshop, participants completed a foundation course in Monitoring and Evaluation which covered the basics of Monitoring and Evaluation. Throughout the course of the workshop, time was allotted for exercises, group work and discussions around common Monitoring and Evaluation issues.

The workshop provided a platform for participants to share and learn from other country experiences to strengthen Monitoring and Evaluation systems for their project and country. Participants worked in groups of 3-4 on different case studies from different countries and on final day of the workshop, they presented their work as well as the Monitoring and Evaluation plan to other participants and facilitators in the areas of Maternal Health, Communicable Diseases and High Impact Health Services

Key topics covered:
 Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation
 Frameworks
 Indicators
 Gender Integration into M&E
 Routine and Non-Routine Information Systems
 M&E Tools including PRISM, DQA, DDIU, PLACE and Stakeholder Engagement
 Surveys and Surveillance including LQAS
 Operations Research
 Process and Impact Evaluation

Who we meet

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with Prof. Paul Lalvani, Director Empower Group.

Superior Honor Award to our Director, Prof. Paul Lalvani, Empower Group

Prof. Paul Lalvani, was awarded the Superior Honor Award for his significant contribution to the professionalization of logistics in the world.

Proudly Presenting our PGD Graduates- Convocation Batch 3

3rd Graduation Ceremony for our flagship course i.e. the online Post Graduate Diploma Course in Global Health Procurement and Supply Chain Management.

Our Partners

MoU signed between Prof. Paul Lalvani from Empower and Mr. MJ Solanki from M J Solanki to work together in promoting Sustainable Development and strengthening the capacity of professionals globally.

Our Partners

Empower signs an MoU with MJS Manpower Services to jointly offer capacity building support to various healthcare organizations across India.

Our PGD Graduates- Convocation Batch 2

2nd Graduation Ceremony in session for the Post Graduate Diploma in Global Health Procurement and Supply Chain Management.

Launch of Empower's Indian Resource Centre

As part of the capacity building efforts, ESHLLP has launched an Indian Resource Centre (IRC) for Public Health Procurement & Supply Chain Management (PSM)

Highlights of the International Workshop on Global Health Procurement and Supply Chain in Conflict & Fragile States

Day 1 - Prof. Andy Barraclough and Prof. Paul Lalvani addressing the cohort at the International Workshop Global Health PSM in Conflict & Fragile States

Day 2 - Ms. Sangeeta Tikyani discussing a Case Study on 'National Disaster Management Authority' by the Govt. of India. Followed by Group Discussions - Case study with exercise of the two different Supply Chains on Managing Health PSM in a Conflict Zone (Health Supply Chain and Humanitarian Supply Chain)

Day 3 - Empower takes the cohort to Field Visits:
- International Humanitarian City
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Dubai office

Day 4 - Graduating class of the Workshop

Our Partners

President John A Kufuor 's Kufuor Foundation & ESHLLP agree on partnership to strengthen Global Health Leadership in West Africa.

WHO Health Research Partners Meet

Empower partnered with WHO SEARO in organizing Health Research Partners Meet on 26-27 Oct 2017 with development partners to discuss Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR) research agenda.

Team Empower meets with the Minister of Public Health, Afghanistan

Dr. Lakhwinder Sidhu, Dean at Empower School of Health & Ms. Sangeeta Tikyani, Associate Director at Empower School of Health meeting His Excellency Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Delhi, India

Prof. Paul Lalvani addressing the students from Kent University in Geneva

27 May 2017, Geneva
Prof. Paul Lalvani, Director, Empower School of Health, along with Prof. Ken Slenkovich, Assistant Dean - Operations & Community Relations from Kent State University, Dr. Thomas Brewer, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health, Dr.Manoj Kurian, faculty at the College of Public Health, Kent State University, and students visiting Geneva for the 70th World Health Assembly.
Kent State University is among only a handful of universities in the world that sends credentialed students to the World Health Assembly.
Prof. Lalvani addressed the students on the "Importance of Access to Medicines in Global Health, with a focus on Procurement & Supply Chain Management".

Empower School of Health meets the Health Secretary and delegates from five South Asian nations

Prof. Paul Lalvani, Director, Empower School of Health and Dr. Lakhwinder Singh, Dean, Empower School of India recently met with the Health Secretary Sh. CK Mishra and delegates from Nepal, Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh and Thailand. These nations are trying to adapt India's indigenously developed electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network(eVIN) project. The project aims to support India's 'Universal Immunisation Programme' and is being implemented by UNDP along with Empower School of Health.

EMPOWER becomes a member of People that Deliver (PtD) Board

Empower is proud to announce it's nomination as a member of the coveted People that Deliver (PtD) Board for a period of two years.
We look forward to work with PtD to achieve PtD's strategic goals:
1. ACHIEVE global recognition that supply chains require a competent and supported supply chain workforce
2. PROMOTE stewardship and leadership at the national level to understand the technical and managerial capacity needs for human resources in supply chain planning, strategy, design, and management
3. ADVOCATE for a common pool of human resources that are appropriately trained with supply chain competencies and qualifications to support supply chain activities across governments, health facilities, and private sector
4. CATALYZE and DISSEMINATE evidence-based approaches for human resources for supply chain management that are informed by best practices and responsive to an evolving environment

Empower School of Health Visits Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan

Dr. Lakhwinder P Singh, Dean, Empower School of Health (ESH) visited Sudan last week to meet the officials of National Medical Supplies Fund (NMSF), Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), Sudan. The purpose of the visit was to attend the inauguration of Abdel-Hamid Ibrahim Training Centre (AITC), built by NMSF and dedicated to human resource development and capacity building of the employees. A series of meetings were held with the officials of NMSF, FMoH during which an MoU was signed between NMSF and ESH to co-develop joint capacity building programs and conduct various trainings and workshops aimed at staff development.
Dr. Singh also met with the country leadership of Sudanese Red Crescent Society to discuss about future areas of collaboration with ESH.
(Images from Left to Right: Dr. Singh with Dr. Gamal K.M. Ali, General Director, NMSF after signing the MoU; Dr. Asjad Abdulsalam Ali, Programs Coordinator Imad eldin Abdelrahim, Director Program Department, Dr. Singh and Eng. Osman Gafar Abdalla, Secretary General, Sudanese Red Crescent Society at the country office, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; Dr. Singh spending time with ESH trainers in Sudan)

Prof. Paul Lalvani as Deputy Chair of People that Deliver (PtD)

Congratulating Prof. Paul Lalvani (Director, Empower School of Health) on his new position as Deputy Chair of People that Deliver (PtD) #Congrats

Empower School of Health visits Afghanistan to meet various Public Health officials

Dr. Lakhwinder P Singh, Dean, Empower School of Health, made an official trip to Afghanistan between February 26. 2017 and March 2, 2017. During this visit, he had meetings with various stakeholders including the Honourable Minister of Public Health, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, his advisors, Director General of Afghanistan National Public Health Institute, Director of Department of Health Promotions and Community Health, Country Director of JHPEIGO among others. The purpose of the visit was to understand the health needs of Afghanistan and offer expertise on behalf of Empower to help solve the problems that Afghanistan health sector is facing. (In this picture, Dr. Singh is in discussion with His Excellency Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Honourable Health Minister of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.)

UNDP-Empower Workshop on Promoting Use of Biodegradable Packaging Materials for Health Commodities

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) intends to support the green supply chain initiatives and focus on reduction of packaging materials and promote use of biodegradable packaging materials for health commodities. Based on pilot studies conducted in South Sudan, it has been found that the ARVs and other essential medicines are a good entry point for this initiative. As India is the leading supplier of essential medicines to the world, the inaugural discussion to explore this topic is being held in New Delhi. UNDP would launch the two-day workshop wherein, we would discuss the barriers for the use of biodegradable packaging materials for ARVs / essential medicines and other health commodities and propose the development of a long-term strategy and action plan for biodegradable packaging materials. The group of participants will be a mix of regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical industry (manufacturers, suppliers of packaging materials, association of Indian pharmaceutical manufacturers), and UN agencies (WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank, among others).

Post Graduate Diploma in Global Health Supply Chain Management (Ongoing, Registrations Open)

Empower has developed a Post Graduate Diploma course in Global Health Procurement and Supply Chain Management, accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, India.

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