What you'll learn
- Understand the pharmaceutical industry
- Pharmaceutical and healthcare needs in low and middle income countries
- Detailled insight in all steps of the supply cycle (e.g. Specification, Quantification, Procurement, Storage, Use)
- How to forecast/quantify medicines and health product
- Warehousing and distribution logistics
- Rational use of medicines
Although it will be helpful, you do not need to have a pharmaceutical or medical background to understand and benefit from this course. Whether your field of expertise is in (public) health, nursing, laboratory, logistics, finance or general management, you will see that the topics are presented in such a way that you will easily pick up the concepts and able to apply them in your own daily practice.
My name is Ron Wehrens and I'm a pharmacist from the Netherlands with 25 years of hands-on experience in pharmaceutical and medical supply management in developing countries. In case you are interested, you'll find my CV available for download with the first lecture.
During more than 180 international consultancy missions to more than 30 countries, I have worked with hundreds of health workers, logisticians, legislators, finance people and politicians from all kinds of cultural backgrounds. I have learned a lot from these people, for example that improvements can often be made with relatively simple and low-cost interventions. But I also observed that a lot of the skills and tricks that work best were never taught in Medical or Pharmacy school.
In this course you will learn many of these techniques and it is my sincere aim to inspire you to use them to further improve your program.Often times they are common-sense concepts and tricks which once seen can never be forgotten.
I hope you will find this course inspiring and that it will help you improving people’s access to medicines!
I recommend that you enable the subtitles (captions) to these video-lectures as this will make it easier to get the message, even with the volume turned down.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in improving access to medicines and health products in low and middle income countries
About the instructor
Pharmacist with master’s degree in business management and 25 years experience in pharmaceutical procurement and supply consultancy for developing countries. Regular pharmaceutical supply management consultant for WHO, UNOPS, UNFPA, the Global Fund, PwC and national MoHs. Completed more than 170 international consultancies.
Key areas of expertise
Pharmaceutical needs identification, forecasting and quantification
Procurement and management of pharmaceuticals, laboratory and medical supplies
Pharmaceutical QA/QC system development
HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, vaccine supply management
Warehouse management, inventory control, distribution logistics
Performance monitoring and evaluation
Pharmaceutical procurement auditing
Training and coaching
Professional country experience
Africa: Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe
Asia: Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam
Europe: Albania, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Moldova, The Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Middle East: Oman, UAE