LAHORE - The federal and all provincial and regional governments have launched a web-based family planning commodity dashboard, developed with the technical and financial support of USAID funded Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, says a press release.

Senior level decision makers and managers of family planning programme across the country participated in an event organised in Lahore who unanimously appreciated a dashboard enabling them to ensure sustained supply of family planning commodities at the service delivery points and community level.

Mr Abdul Ghaffar Khan Director General, Population Programme Wing of Federal Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, said on the occasion that, it is a historic day to mark this practical, meaningful and standard way forward in ensuring family planning Commodity Security in Pakistan.” He appreciated the Information Technology based government owned software “contraceptive Logistics Management Information System (LMIS)”(http://lmis.gov.pk) implemented with the support of USAID. This public sector software provides logistics data for policy, procurement planning, financing and stock monitoring across the entire public health supply chain and thus a real time transactional information system and different from the conventional District Health information System (DHIS).

The participants of the event were told that the Family Planning(FP) Executive Dashboard ensures contraceptive commodity security by enabling managers to make better decision in procurement planning, financing, inventory management and stock monitoring. 

While explaining the computer dashboard, the country head of USAID funded GHSC-PSM project, DrMuhammad Tariq said, the spirit of FPcommodity security lies in ensuring sustained country wide availability of essential FP commodities at service delivery points.

A major stride in achieving this goal in Pakistan has been achieved, as stocks’ availability across the supply chain has now become fully visible with Microsoft 360 and other analytics. This dashboard enables the leadership and managers with necessary “business intelligence” at their fingertips to achieve commodity security in the country.

While presenting the dashboard, workshop resource person maintained that the FP Dashboard has the automated capability to generate “advisories” addressed to appropriate senior level officers at the provincial and district levels where SDP stocks have gone below the safe and highly above policy determined margins. The Dashboard focuses on engaging higher levels of management for their intervention at an appropriate time to ensure action throughout the supply chain hierarchy. The dashboard generates automated emails and SMS alerts to the intended recipients for actions.

 

 

 

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