About Nigeria Supply Chain Integration Project (NSCIP)
To effectively and efficiently integrate Health Disease Programs Supply Chain Management activities for optimal PSM services that would prevent stock outs, minimize wastages and efficiently run the entire health system which includes the infrastructure, human resources and tools.
Access to essential medicines is critical to achieving universal health coverage and is also recognized as a key building block of a strong health system. Medicines and health products are important for addressing health problems and improving quality of lives. They form an indispensable component of health systems in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and in alleviating disability and functional deficiency.
Critical stakeholders, not limited only to supply chain, have over the years recognized the need to improve the pharmaceutical and health product management practices in the country, noting that a number of challenges still hinder proper access to healthcare.
Some challenges include stock-outs of essential supplies that continue to be experienced in a number of health facilities even while expiries are noted in others, warehouses and distribution systems not meeting minimum standards, decreased visibility in reporting across disease areas, and lack of basic logistics management control/information systems. Additionally, multiple supply chains that are often not very well coordinated have tried to address the immediate needs for access to health care products, which while well-meaning have also created some challenges on the other hand. Inefficiencies due to poor coordination/ integration/ harmonization are evident, as is duplication of some supply chain activities.
Led by the Federal Government of Nigeria, a team of Nigerian supply chain experts, also including Principal Recipients of Global Fund, Donors and their implementers, and Private Sector has arrived at a consensus on a future direction and immediate priorities for change.