Logistic support system helps in supply management
After the first cases of cholera were detected in Haiti, the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Health advocated that having access to the necessary supplies to treat the disease was crucial for the rapid response to cases in its territory. To that end, the Ministry launched a project for strengthening logistic capacity and optimizing supply management, using LSS/SUMA as a model.
As a first step, a strategic warehouse was established to serve the demand for cholera treatment supplies, and for emergencies and disasters. A network of regional warehouses was then created so that the supplies could be mobilized quickly to where they were required, and finally, it was decided that logistics capacity in the management of Ministry of Health supplies should be improved.
This network of warehouses offers accurate information on the distribution of supplies at the national level, deliveries to health centers, immediate needs for decision-making, and assigning resources to meet the demands.
LSS/SUMA has also helped in using resources properly, transparency in supply management, and control in drug rotation, which avoids waste due to expiration dates. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Response Activities Continue in The Bahamas
PAHO/WHO’s Regional Response Team was mobilized to The Bahamas, after the passage of Hurricane Irene, to support the Ministry of Health in damage assessment, environmental health, water and sanitation, epidemiology, vector control, evaluation of hospitals, and coordination.
An epidemiologist was deployed to help in the design and multisectoral coordination of a dengue campaign, and to strengthen the Ministry’s program of epidemiological surveillance. Two specialists—in dengue and vector control—are also helping in this activity. Waste collection is a particularly important challenge for health authorities because the country is facing a dengue outbreak.
At least 11 of the 16 health facilities in the islands of Abaco, Acklins & Crooked, Cat, Long, and New Providence suffered damage that included flooding, damage to ceilings, equipment and electric generators, contamination of wells, and failures in the water and electric supply systems. The main hospital in The Bahamas, located in Nassau, was also affected.
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