Thank you to everyone for your contributions to the community (in the forms of writing, speaking, reposts, comments and listening) through the month of September. I also recognise the different contributions we are all making in our work enhancing our health systems across different countries and regions.
In the month of September, the engagement within the IAPHL community continued to grow globally and in different countries with our chapters. On our listserv, we received different technical engagements, tools and resources. We also had posts and awareness about gathering opportunities for members to connect, learn and also showcase the good work we do.
In this communication, I would like to highlight and acknowledge some persons and engagements.
- First, The Governing Council. The second annual general meeting was held on 27th September 2023. They have continued to support and guide the secretariat from behind the scene. Thank you!
- Laila Akhlaghi of JSI and Barry Chovitz of Chemonics International for bringing to life the book –Demand Forecasting for Executives with authors on a webinar and the ongoing Moderated Discussion. Please review the book, view the webinar recording and also share on the moderated discussion.
- Prof Paul Lalvani and the team at Empower School of Health for re-energizing the India Chapter with a webinar titled;Strengthening the Supply Chain Workforce for Better Results
- The overwhelming support for the interview -GBV-SRH integrated approach in emergencies post by Keziah Patrick.
- Job postings from Nadira Samha, e-LMIS from Ghana and several others.
As we look into October, we are persuaded about the learnings, the sharing and the growth ahead of us as a community and individual players in our spaces. Let us be on the look out for the following activities and participate so that we can share in the gains together.
- The Spontaneous Call. Based on the feedback we have received so far and the growing need to be more responsive to the needs of members, the spontaneous call we return and continue this month. We have some pending and we will begin with such. Summary of a previous one here in the library.
- We will host GS1 on webinar on the 19th of October. This will bring a country specific use case of traceability initiative within the supply chain systems for health commodities.
- Conferences: There are two important conferences this month and two in November. These are conferences we are very much aligned with as a community. I know a couple of members are already prepared to make presentations. Please also find time to connect and make faces to the names you see on listserv.
- The 20th General Membership Meeting Of The ReproductiveHealth Supplies Coalition in Accra, Ghana, from 16-20 October 2023.
- 17th TechNet Conference in Panama City, Panama from 16-19 October 2023
- Global Health Supply Chain Summit in Nairobi, Kenya 14-16 November 2023
- The 15th Annual Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference 21-22 November 2023
We recognise and celebrate with the largest chapter so far – the Nigeria Chapter on Nigeria Independence Day Celebration on October 1st.
As I close this piece today, I think of the famous Einstein’s E=MC2 and its implication in our community. I am intrigued that if E=M in different forms and that with the right conditions we can convert mass to energy. Then what could the C2 be -in this case the right condition to convert the 8,000 professions to energy steadily in our organisations? Or what could be the resultant energy gain for our world?
Thank you and have an amazing October…