This Practical Guide for Procurement Planning and Management of Strategic Public Health Supplies aims to provide a series of operational instruments that will support countries throughout the Region in programming and planning of product needs, at the same time building national capacity in procurement and supply management. The document proposes a self assessment approach, evaluating critical areas within the supply system, identifying key areas for improvement and highlighting the importance of evaluation and monitoring through the development and implementation of performance indicators.
At the same time, the PAHO Strategic Fund is proposed as a concrete alternative for the acquisition of quality products, at prices that either have been negotiated previously or are referenced to the lowest regional reference price. The Guide complements our previous publication presenting the Operating Principles for the Regional Revolving Fund for Strategic Public Health Supplies. In this way PAHO is responding to the mandate handed down by Member States, which is renewed annually during meetings of the Governing Bodies.