Capacity building

The following is a list of courses, trainings, toolkits and lessons learned that can be useful in a variety of countries:

A Business Approach to Transforming Public Health Supply Systems

A brief produced by the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition’s Systems Strengthening Working Group (SSWG). This brief lays out the key principles that governments can embrace to re-engineer their public health supplies systems to better serve their mandate to improve and save lives. The brief expands on the idea that governments must act as stewards who guide and govern functioning supply systems but must also embrace the diversity of supply chains and the players involved.

Read the brief here: A Business Approach to Transforming Public Health Supply Systems

For further reference on cooperating with the private sector on supply chains consult the Private Sector Engagement Guidance Document from the UN Commission for Life Saving Commodities

Global programme procurement training online

The Training Resource Package for Family Planning

USAID, WHO, and UNFPA would like to share a comprehensive set of materials designed to support up-to-date training on family planning and reproductive health. The package, called The Training Resource Package for Family Planning or TRP, is accessible at

The TRP was developed using evidence-based technical information from World Health Organization publications. It contains curriculum components and tools for designing, implementing and evaluating training. Materials are appropriate for pre-service and in-service training and for health workers of all levels in both the public and private sectors.
Current TRP modules cover:

  • Benefits of Family Planning
  • Family Planning Counseling
  • Combined Oral Contraceptives
  • Implants
  • IUDs
  • Male and Female Condoms
  • Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)
  • WHO Guidance (Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (MEC) & job aids, Selected

Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use (SPR) and Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers.

UNFPA PSB Capacity Development Opportunities

If your government, institution or NGO is seeking capacity development opportunities, please note that UNFPA PSB offers on-line training to all its external partners. The training currently offers Level 1: Introduction to Procurement and Level 2: Ethics in Procurement. These courses will soon be followed up with new modules, such as Quality Assurance and Good Governance for Medicines Programme (built in collaboration with WHO). The courses are offered under the auspices of the Global Programme to enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security.

PSM Toolbox 

In 2007, the WHO AIDS Medicines and Diagnostics Service (AMDS) created a platform to improve access through the internet to procurement and supply management (PSM) tools. WHO/AMDS in collaboration with the AMDS partner network developed it further. It has evolved into a database that lists available PSM tools and is presented in the form of a search engine to find and select PSM tools that are needed for a particular PSM technical area of interest to the professional. PSM toolbox


For an introductory course on procurement and supply chain for pharmaceuticals which includes F&Q, please consider accessing the PCSM from UNDP.

Success Stories

Within UNFPA there are many success stories on strengthening supply management. Examples include:

  •  A commitment to a stronger system for a secure supply of RH commodities in Madagascar
  •  Pharmacy curriculum teaches how to avoid shortages in family planning supplies in Mongolia
  •  Building the training capacity of the public health and pharmacy schools in Ethiopia
  •  Sierra Leone improves accountability & access with civil society monitors, community advocates

Please read more about these success stories here: Success stories in reproductive health commodity security


Toolkits and Guidance Documents

The advocacy toolkit and guide "Leading Voices in Securing Reproductive Health Supplies" is a practical, evidence-based tool, designed to raise awareness and foster policy change for increased commitment to reproductive health supplies.

PRIVATE SECTOR ENGAGEMENT A Guidance Document for Supply Chains in the Modern Context is a handy toolkit in case you wish to partner with or draw upon expertise from the private sector. This document was prepared by the UN commission for Life-Saving commodities for Women and Children

High Impact Practices in Family Planning contains briefs and guidance on a number of issues realted to Family planning programming and supplies. Their briefs are available in several languages.

Contraceptive security: incomplete without long-acting and permanent methods of family planning

Building effective, sustainable systems for procuring essential reproductive health supplies  

Contraceptive Security and Decentralization: Lessons on Improving Reproductive Health Commodity Security in a Decentralized Setting

Contraceptive security: incomplete without long-acting and permanent methods of family planning  


Product Information

The ICEC has published a series of ten fact sheets tracking access to EC at the country level. These fact sheets focus on EC policies, product availability, where women can access EC, providers’ and key opinion leaders’ attitudes towards EC, media coverage of EC, and donor support of EC procurement. They are available for the following countries:

You can access them through the above links and from the In-Depth Country Information section of the ICEC website and they are also linked to the ICEC country database. Emergency contraceptive pills: Supply chain considerations. Contraceptive security brief