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‘Collaboration Vital For Boosting Public Health Supply Chain’



The Africa Resource Centre for Supply Chain (ARC), and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are have made case for private sector collaboration in Nigeria to strengthen public health supply chain especially in availability of vaccines, essential medicines, and medical products.
The CEO, Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, Dr. Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq, at the maiden ARC Partnership Forum in Lagos, revealed that the private sector has the expertise, resources and capabilities to increase availability of medicines and health commodities at the last mile.
Umar-Sadiq said: “The impact ARC aims to achieve is an improved performance of the supply chain to increase availability of medicines, health commodities at the last mile.
“Collectively, the private sector possesses both tangible and intangible assets that give it a distinct advantage in tackling specific health issues, including building efficient, effective and resilient supply chain systems.”

Regional Director, ARC, Azuka Okeke, revealed that ARC Nigeria is currently working to build a centralized and regional Supply Chain Resource Centre that can provide independent advice, develop partnerships and share experiences and learnings across countries to help Ministries of Health meet their public health goals.
“ARC will also support Ministries of Health to shape investments and align donors and implementing partners; access private sector expertise, tools, methods and capability to improve supply chain transformations and supply chain management as well as broker partnerships to strengthen Ministries of Health capability and build long-term talent for supply chain in Africa.”