Reducing Stockouts to Save Lives through Pharmacist Trainings

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March 10, 2022
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Madame Kolou Guilavogui is a pharmacy dispensing agent at the Boffa District Hospital in rural Guinea. In her role, she is responsible for ensuring quality and inventory of all of the hospital’s medicines, especially malaria medicine. In spite of her work, she didn’t have the proper tools to best track pharmacy stock and supply orders.

Given these gaps, hospital management recommended that she be trained in supply chain management for health commodities, including techniques of monitoring norms, procedures of the national health supply chain, and how to use the LMIS.

Madame Guilavogui now works with hospital and regional leaders to make sure her pharmacy always has the medicines she needs to best serve patients across the district hospital and eight related health centers. Her new expertise through the training has helped greatly reduce the rate of stockouts in the district from 33% in 2018 to 4.6% in 2021, ensuring the regular testing and treatment of over 400,000 malaria cases that were reported in Boffa District in 2019 and 2020 alone.

Check out our video below to see more of Madame Guilavogui’s story.