In August, Argentina’s Department of Vaccines and Immunization of the Ministry of Health installed LSS/SUMA software and conducted training because of the crisis resulting from the pandemic (H1N1) 2009. The SUMA system was used by the Ministry for inventory control of different types of vaccines at the central level; the Ministry expects to expand the system to the provinces to help with receipt, distribution, and use of vaccines.
The effectiveness of LSS/SUMA for this type of operation was tested in the emergency caused by the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in Mexico. SUMA personnel provided logistics in managing incoming medicines and supplies and were mobilized to assist in attending to health needs of the population. In order to increase the number of people able to operate LSS/SUMA, the Ministry of Health coordinated a series of training sessions in Mexico City as well as three large, regional training sessions in the states of Campeche, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas. More than 165 people from 26 states in Mexico participated. Training was provided to personnel from health services and institutes, public charities, the office of the President, the Ministry of Social Welfare, and hospitals. Visits were made to warehouses in individual states where recommendations were made on management systems.