The IPM Project (funded by the Gates Foundation and "MSD for Mothers" - Merck - and implemented by the Senegalese Ministry of Health with technical support from Intrahealth International) managed to cross the "Death Valley" where many projects die after successful pilot phases. Indeed, since October 1, 2017 it is no longer Intrahealth that implements IPM but rather the National Supply Pharmacy (PNA) of Senegal! The struggle lasted 5 years, i.e. two years longer than expected. The horizontal scaling up was completed in 20 months (August 2013 to March 2015) when IPM distribution of contraceptives through private 3rd party logistics service providers (3PLs) covered all 14 Regions, 76 Districts and 1,408 health centers and posts across the country. On the other hand, the vertical scaling up or institutionalization that was to end in July 2016 fired in length until September 30, 2017, i.e. 30 months after! It should be noted that in the meantime, the IPM model was extended from 10 contraceptives to almost 90 health products, including UN lifesaving commodities, products of public health programs (HIV, Malaria and TB) as well as generic essential drugs. The goal is to reach all 118 health products that, according to national policy, make their way up to health posts. The links below will take you to a national TV report on the transfer ceremony of the IPM approach to the PNA, to two short movies on the implementation and results of the project as well as to a technical report on the project:
TV Report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aV3_sSqnh0
Movie on implementation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n325yUICWsY&t=3s
Technical report (MSD for Mothers) :
In order to ensure that the project is well rooted in the national health system, Intrahealth continues its technical assistance to PNA under the leadership of Dr Oumy Kalsoum Ndiaye Ndao, the current IPM Project Director.