“Dr. Muhammad Tariq, Country Director, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, presented the “Status of Contraceptive Commodity Security situation in Pakistan”. He started by acknowledging the Director General PPW and team at the MoNHSR&C for championing the first inter-regional Pool Procurement of contraceptives in Pakistan by the regional governments (PWDs of GB, AJ&K and ICT) for FY2020-21. He thanked UNFPA and FP2020 Secretariat for using cLMIS data for calculating impact on CPR and also comparisons of consumption and stockouts before and during COVID-19 times. He presented the open access TrackT20 dashboard of the Pakistan Logistics Management Information System (http://lmis.gov.pk/track20.php) appreciate the use LMIS data for policy and procurement planning but emphasized that data use needs to be enhanced at the district and facility levels. FP2020 Secretariat Representative, Ms. Chonghee Hwang highly appreciated this technological development in Pakistan.
In his deck of slides, he shared a worrying situation of country-wide contraceptive stockouts especially those methods, which are internationally procured and manufactured. He remarked on long lead times and productions constraints by industry partners like Merck, Bayer and Pfizer and thus the need to establish local and multinational partnerships for indigenous production to gain in-country sufficiency. He said that PPW has moved the file and meetings with the PB and the PPMA are being planned under leadership of SAMP for Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan.
Based on PC-1 cost, Dr. Tariq said that a national financing of more than PKR1.5 billion is available, and therefore, without hurting 18th Amendment, the approved model of centralized tender and decentralized payments should be adopted as soon as possible. In this regards the Chief Justice of Pakistan NAP, the CCI recommendations and the two Federal Task Force Meetings provide this provision and it should not be delayed any more”.