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Background

Logistics and Supply unit is involved in procurement, storage and supply management of DGFP.

Objective

The objective of procurement, storage and supply management is to ensure adequate supplies on time to the Service Delivery Points so that the users and potential clients with a focus on sector development program target groups can have easy access according to their needs. To meet this objective, a buffer of critical supplies for a minimum 18 months will be built-up for any given point of time at every stage.

Forecasting

To have accurate forecasting of contraceptives, MOHFW and DGFP/Logistics and Supply Unit prepared two projection documents through individual professionals. The first was prepared for the period 1998-2003 and another for the period 2000-2015. Both the documents were reviewed, approved and published by the MOHFW based on which requirements for HNPSP (2003-2006) has been worked out taking into account present stock and pipeline. These are the baseline for assessing the future needs. The documents are being reviewed, time to time, by the Forecasting Working group (FWG) under the chairmanship of the Director General to facilitate preparing of procurement plans.

Procurement

Directorate General of Family Planning has been procuring contraceptives directly through the mechanism of the Logistics & Supply Unit on the basis of need assessed from the Line Directors Maternal and Child Health (MCH), Clinical Contraceptive Service Delivery Program (CCSDP) and Field Service Delivery Program (FSDP). On the basis of the need assessment, Logistics and Supply Unit prepares procurement plan and processing schedule for the contraceptives and MSRs following the IDA procurement procedures. After that, most of the contraceptives (Condom, Oral Pill, Injectable, IUD and Implant) including DDS Kits are being procured by the Logistics & Supply Unit.

KfW engages consultants on behalf of MOHFW to carry out procurement of contraceptives under German grant.

Warehousing, Supply and Distribution System

The present country wide storage system consists of 1 Central Warehouse in Dhaka, 3 big Regional Warehouses in Chittagong, Khulna and Bogra and 17 newly upgraded Regional Warehouses (the formerly District Reserve Stores-DRSs). One out of 20 regional warehouses is rented (Bhola). The Central Warehouse, Chittagong Regional Warehouse and Khulna Regional Warehouse are the offshore consignment recipient, and these Warehouses act also as a supplier for the lower level. All other warehouses perform as distributors for their respective catchment areas. Out of 488 Upazila Family Planning Stores, 210 are constructed by USAID.