Building Leadership and Governance in Supply Chain Management for the National TB Control Program of the Philippines
The National TB Control Program (NTP) in the Philippines is continuously scaling up its operations in the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) to achieve the results and deliverables described in the 2010–2016 Philippine Plan of Action to Control Tuberculosis.
Findings from the 2013 joint program review showed gaps in the supply management “ system of the TB program, including procurement, forecasting, storage capacity, and management practices.
To address the increased workload, supply chain activities, and identified gaps, the NTP recognized the need for a Drugs and Supplies Management Working Group, which was established in 2014. This group aims to discuss issues and challenges in the supply chain management of TB medicines and laboratory and other health-related supplies. It also helps to coordinate and strengthen NTP efforts to address challenges in medicine management.
Medicine supply chain management is complex and requires the coordination and collaboration of multiple stakeholders. Good governance requires appropriate structures, systems, regulations, and procedures to provide quality services and oversight. The ultimate purpose is to ensure that patients receive the right medicines at the right time.