The opening event on April 17th, 2017 was attended by the Honourable President of Sudan, Omar Al-Bashir and his senior officials who praised the work by NMSF by awarding one of the country’s top honours; the “Star of Achievement” and “Medal of Achievement” to the Director General of NMSF, Dr Gamal Khalafalla Mohamed Ali and the entire NMSF’s staff.

The NMSF is tasked with ensuring that quality essential medicines are procured, stored and distributed to all States and health facilities across the country. The public health goal of NMSF is to achieve high availability of good quality, affordable essential medicines for all. To reach the public goal, NMSF realizes that focusing on professional development for their staff is key for being successful and has therefore invested tremendously in capacity building within health supply chain management.

According to the Director General of NMSF, Dr Gamal Ali; “We had noticed that the health policy makers in our country did not consider health supply chain as an important factor in public health systems. Although, our staff are highly trained professionals, they lacked understanding of health supply chain management, so training and continuous professional development became a priority for NMSF”.

Dr Gamal Ali adds, “this is how the idea of a training centre was created, where the vision was to be the core training centre for supporting professionals and pharmaceutical supply chain systems in Sudan. This week we are immensely proud to have achieved the goal of a national training centre”.

HLA members and partners, Pamela Steele Associates (PSA) were part of the opening ceremony on the 17th April, 2017. Pamela Steele, CEO, spoke about their partnership for capacity development activities since 2015. Coinciding with the launch of the training centre, PSA were the first to deliver health supply chain management training to 25 NMSF staff in the new state of the art training facility.

In the future, the health and humanitarian logistics sector hope the AITC can become a hub for supply chain management training. And that other nations may learn from NMSF Sudan’s vision for human resource development and sustainable capacity building.