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IPA supports Emergency Relief Dutch Caribbean after hurricane 'Irma'

IPA is proud to be part of the Dutch emergency relief effort in the Caribbean. The Netherlands sends the Joint Logistic Support Ship Zr.Ms. Karel Doorman to the Caribbean to support it after Hurricane Irma. The ship is primarily used for strategic sea transport of equipment and auxiliaries. On board of the marine vessel Zr.Ms. Karel Doorman are tipper trucks, water tankers, excavators, forklift trucks and chloride supplied by IPA.

IPA supplied forklifts in front of Karel Doorman

According to the current schedule, Karel Doorman will head for St. Maarten on Wednesday, September 20, arriving approximately two weeks later.
The Royal Army forces over 100 soldiers for emergency rescue. These reconstruction team genists will assist in taking emergency relief services. This provides the basis for future structural recovery work.

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Distribution of emergency medicines and supplies

In a celebration on 29 June, IPA partner, the Health Pooled Fund, together with the Ministry of Health launched the distribution of emergency medicines and medical supplies at the IPA warehouse in Juba.

Showing the IPA warehouse operations

Showing IPA warehouse operations

Minister of Health Dr Riek Gai Kok was among the invited guests and while addressing the audience, thanked the Health Pooled Fund’s donors.

 

In the coming weeks, 880 metric tonnes of medical supplies will be distributed by IPA throughout South Sudan both by road and air.

 

“There is no better time for this celebration, especially during the rainy season, when malaria and chest infections are on the rise,” the Minister of Health said.

“We are connected by humanity and with today’s intervention, we are doing something for the people of South Sudan. In this difficult time of nation building, we see that you have not abandoned us,” he continued.

The distribution is targeting 1,403 facilities throughout South Sudan, providing hospitals and smaller health posts with life-saving medical supplies such as antibiotics, vitamins and latex gloves, among many others. A total of 68 line items have been selected between donors and the Ministry of Health and are shipped out in bulk.

“These are aimed to treat patients even in the most remote parts of the country,” explains the Health Pooled Fund’s Head of Operations Mick Robson.

“We have made two similar distributions in the past year and are aiming to deliver even more supplies in the coming months,” he adds.

With tough logistics in South Sudan, round-trip deliveries can take up to two weeks and have to be planned thoroughly.

“Before we send the trucks out, we need to ensure we have the correct paperwork. We also coordinate with local teams on the ground throughout the country to guarantee safety,” explains Distribution Manager Brian Bloor.

Following the ceremony and symbolic hand-over of supplies, the Minister of Health, together with his Undersecretary Dr Makur Kariom, visited the IPA warehouse – the biggest in South Sudan – accompanied by representatives from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. The delegation learned about the different shipments and was able to witness the loading of delivery trucks.

“This is our biggest distribution yet and the drugs we are supplying are absolutely essential and life-saving,” Mick Robson said.

The Minister of Heath ended his address with a warm “thank you to the donors and their governments.”

medical supplies

ceremony in front of IPA warehouse

DFID speech

Ministry of Health speech

Health Pooled Fund speech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Distribution for HPF2 update

Distribution and Procurement of essential drugs under Health Pooled Fund is ongoing and IPA is proud to see that our Juba Central Warehouse continues receiving C3/C4 bulk and kit items for 8 states.

 

Distribution is planned to begin 12th June. With an estimated completion period of 5-6 weeks for 8 states and 9 weeks for Jonglei and Upper Nile states. We will be utilizing both Air and Road mode of transport.

 

 

for a full update, please click on the link below:

HPF Bulletin May 2017

For more pictures of our work in South Sudan, please see our facebookpage:

IPA Facebook Page - Official

Health Pooled Fund 2

Under the HPF Phase II (HPF2), IPA  supports the Government of the Republic of South Sudan with the essential components of the supply chain for pharmaceuticals and medical consumables. CHDs are supported in strengthening the supply chain management and utilization of quality pharmaceuticals and medical products in the county. Presently, most of the pharmaceuticals are delivered in a “push” system in the form of pre-packed kits. This will move this to a “pull” system according to the needs of the facilities, while still aligning to the MOH Essential Drugs list. This will require coherent strategies that will oversee quantification, procuring, financing, storage and distribution of drugs and supplies. It will mean using standard requisition and reporting forms, stock cards and monitoring the utilization of drugs at facilities.

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IPA support KalaCORE with Procurement and Supply Chain expertise

We are proud to have delivered the procurement and supply chain expertise for KalaCORE in Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, India, Bangladesh and Nepal over the past year and are looking forward to continue our work in 2017. IPA supports KalaCORE with procuring and supplying diagnostic equipment, pharmaceuticals for treatment and other essentials.

The Consortium for the Control and Elimination of Visceral Leishmaniasis, known as KalaCORE, is a partnership between the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Médecins Sans Frontières and Mott MacDonald. The consortium has been appointed by the Department for International Development (DFID) to tackle Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) in South Asia and East Africa.

KalaCORE which brings together the world’s leading scientific experts and practitioners in VL, delivers the UK aid-funded programme over four years in six countries supporting national efforts and coordinating with national VL control programmes.

Countries in South Asia have almost eliminated the illness. KalaCORE concentrates on supporting these areas with solutions to ongoing problems, such as poor diagnosis, mistreatment, and inefficiency of local institutions.

The disease has reached epidemic proportions in East Africa. The region’s poor national health infrastructures, an HIV epidemic and large displaced populations make it more susceptible to visceral leishmaniasis. Here, KalaCORE focuses on treating patients and improving control methods.

To date, the programme has provided treatment for more than 15,000 patients; information, education and communication interventions have reached more than 3 million people; and more than 10,000 health workers and clinicians have been trained.

To find out more, please visit the website: http://www.kalacore.org

 

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Updated Status of the Pharmaceuticals Procurement and Distribution

A Procurement and distribution plan for Consignment 3 has been started and will be presented to the Ministry of Health for approval before the end of February. Once this is given we can start the process of obtaining approvals for transport from the ONS and JVMM.

Distribution Status

Consignment 3 is being kitted. This will be fully completed FCA by 14th March. Discussions are ongoing with DFID regarding altering the transport factor from sea/land freight to air freight. This is in an effort to reduce the gap in the supply chain that was discerned in November. We expect a decision on this any day.

for a full update, please click on the link below:

HPF Supply Chain Bulletin 20170213

For more pictures of our work in South Sudan, please see our facebookpage:

IPA Facebook Page - Official

 

Health Pooled Fund 2

Under the HPF Phase II (HPF2), IPA  supports the Government of the Republic of South Sudan with the essential components of the supply chain for pharmaceuticals and medical consumables. CHDs are supported in strengthening the supply chain management and utilisation of quality pharmaceuticals and medical products in the county. Presently, most of the pharmaceuticals are delivered in a “push” system in the form of pre-packed kits, but this will move this to a “pull” system according to the needs of the facilities, while still aligning to the MOH Essential Drugs list. This will require coherent strategies that will oversee quantification, procuring, financing, storage and distribution of drugs and supplies. This will mean using standard requisition and reporting forms, stock cards and monitoring the utilisation of drugs at facilities.

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