Capacity building

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

Global programme procurement training online

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