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Guidance document and toolkit for establishment and strengthening of National Logistics Working Groups

Countries: Global

Client(s): UNICEF New York

Services: Technical Assistance and Consulting

Technical expertise: Public Health Supply Chain

Timeline: Sep 2015 to June 2016

The Guidance Manual was developed following requests from countries interested in establishing or strengthening National Logistics Working Groups (NLWG), in order to improve systematically the Immunization Supply Chain and Logistics (ISCL) infrastructure and systems at country level.

This NLWG Guidance Manual provides both technical and operational guidance on how countries may create or/and strengthen NLWG. It outlines the various steps that may be taken to initiate, implement, monitor and reinforce a NLWG.

The Guidance Manual was developed by the WHO-UNICEF IMMUNIZATION SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS HUB and is aligned with the “Joint Statement on comprehensive EVM”

In order to support countries in strengthening their supply chain systems WHO and UNICEF support governments to form and strengthen functional National Logistics Working Groups.  To achieve this, this guidance note is designed for anyone who is considering working in or is already working within a NLWG. Its purpose is to provide guidance throughout the entire process for establishing and strengthening these working groups.

The guidance note is not intended to be prescriptive but rather provides directions to countries. These need to be adapted according to specific local context and priorities. This note also outlines the criteria that can be used to evaluate if such working groups are functioning.

To get more information, please contact:

Technical expert: Dorothy Leab, Senior Health System Strengthening Specialist – Email: info@ganeshaid.com