Training Stakeholders on our New Forecasting and Supply Planning Tool in Lagos

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November 23, 2021
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The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project organized a three-day training in Lagos on November 1-3, 2021 for 7 officials from the Family Health Department (FHD), National Product Supply Chain Management Program and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on how to use the Quantitative Analytics Tool (QAT) for supply planning of Family Planning (FP) commodities in Nigeria. QAT replaces the PipeLine Monitoring and Procurement Planning System (PipeLine) used for previous quantification exercises. A key feature of QAT is its ability to work offline and online while enabling program managers to forecast commodities, optimize commodity procurement schedules, monitor the stock status of products, and share data with external platforms and keyholders.

The training comprised both theoretical and practical sessions where all participants worked with the demo version of the tool. QAT has three categories of users (program admin, program user, and viewer) of which roles were assigned to participants to mimic real-life situations. One of the next steps agreed on at the training was that the Federal Ministry of Health will nominate two officers that would be given user roles as QAT program admin/data entry to have access to the Nigeria supply plan. This will further enhance the visibility and competence of the Government of Nigeria to manage its family planning supply plan.

Government of Nigeria Supported on Family Planning Quantification

Following the QAT training, GHSC-PSM provided technical assistance to a FP quantification exercise for the Government of Nigeria on November 4-5 to determine the commodity and funding requirement for 2022. The two-day meeting was attended both onsite and online by 23 representatives from USAID, GHSC-PSM, the Federal Ministry of Health, the State Ministry of Health, UNFPA, Clinton Health Access Initiative, and other implementing partners. The activity included assumption building and forecast generation using demographic and consumption data. Using these indices, the participants quantified the national FP commodities need for the next five years (2022-2026). They also identified funding gaps for the procurement of the quantified commodities. A key outcome of this meeting is that the FHD would be submitting a memo to the Minister of Health to FP commodities for 2022.

This year’s quantification will mark the beginning of a more inclusive and robust country FP commodity quantification as it had in attendance representatives of the Logistics Management Coordination Units and FP program from Lagos and Sokoto States. The session was facilitated by the Sokoto State Logistics Management Coordination Unit Coordinator who had been previously been trained by the project. He built the capacity of the Lagos state team to use Microsoft Excel-based supply planning tool. It is anticipated that this will lead to state-led FP commodity quantification and procurement to bridge identified funding gaps for FP procurement. In addition, GHSC-PSM and UNFPA will collaborate with the contraceptives sub-committee to develop a standard operating procedure for state-level quantification of FP commodities.