The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has been awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the procurement of healthcare and medicines across Africa. The programme will run over three years, and is an exciting opportunity to increase skills and capability in the management of critical products and services.
Healthcare supply chains in Africa are prone to disruption and to increased costs with drugs and medical equipment struggling to reach those that need them the most. Research* has found that bribery, corruption, government regulation and investments often act as a hindrance to good healthcare procurement leading for example, to higher infant mortality rates.
CIPS will be working with a number of on-the-ground agencies to look at ways CIPS can strengthen procurement processes and knowledge to deliver improved procurement spending.
CIPS will be delivering its expertise by collaborating with various agencies, including ASCM (Association of Supply Management , formerly APICS) to cover all aspects from procurement through to supply chain management and logistics. This will ensure that the full end-to-end supply chain process is analysed and appropriate recommendations and action plans are formulated.
CIPS has over 20,000 members in the Africa region improving procurement practice in their own organisations and has a wider global procurement community of over 200,000 in 180 countries. CIPS has the experience to support and develop this learning network with its training, qualifications, global standard and competency framework plus partner relationships in the region.
CIPS will begin to build the network first in South Africa, then Nigeria and Kenya and will:
- Help build a sustainable public procurement community in healthcare supply chains
- Developing a procurement maturity model to benchmark against best practice and deliver continuous improvement to consistent standards
- Introduce globally-recognised standards to the wider procurement community in the Africa region
- Target a total of nine countries in the region to become part of the network learning community
Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO, CIPS said, “People’s health must be the most important consideration for a nation, and excellence in procurement practice can play a huge role in protecting the health of ordinary citizens.
“With major advances in drugs and medical devices every day, it is a tragic fact that even if the funds for, and the stocks of, vital goods are available, somewhere along the supply chain vital supplies are not getting through to those people who are the most vulnerable. This has shocking consequences with the failure to stop preventable diseases, and the loss of life which impacts on families, the capacity of the region’s workforces and ultimately the effectiveness of economies.
“Every procurement professional must ensure that they are fully informed of exactly what is happening throughout their supply chains. Not only must they know who all the suppliers are, but also they need to win the hearts and minds of all the people in the suppliers they work with. That is an essential requirement in all sectors and there is no sector more important than healthcare.”
The launch event for the procurement learning community was held in February 2019 in South Africa.
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is the world’s largest procurement and supply professional organisation. It is the worldwide centre of excellence on procurement and supply management issues. CIPS has a global community of over 200,000 in 180 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking officials and leading academics. The activities of procurement and supply chain professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisation and CIPS offers corporate solution packages to improve business profitability.
* According to the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators, control of corruption is directly proportional to a country’s progress. Value for money is also an outcome of good governance in procurement with many countries improving health outcomes with even low levels of investment [Source: World Health Organization]. In high corruption countries, fraud increases poverty by creating shortages, delays and disruptions. The African Union estimates that 25% of the GDP of African states, around US$148billion is lost to fraud and corruption practices. https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/92/7/14-138131/en/