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Agence de Médecine Préventive (AMP), World Health Organisation (WHO) and Regional Institute of Public Health (IRSP) are launching the third edition of the bachelor’s degree in Health Logistics (LPLS) for the 2014-2015 academic year. This innovative, year-long course has been designed to meet the growing needs of health systems in sub-Saharan Africa, which suffer from a lack of skilled and motivated professionals for managing the health-input supply chain. It has been observed that the impact of large-scale public health programs is limited by the inadequate logistical capacity of health systems. As a result, technical and financial partners, in collaboration with partner countries, have been keen to professionalise health logistics, thus providing frequent job opportunities. The importance of the training program is acknowledged by several partners – including WHO, UNICEF, the bilateral cooperation missions and pharmaceutical companies –which offer scholarships to partner countries that demonstrate the need to train future health logisticians. GAVI-eligible countries may also attract funding for training their applicants as part of the grants for health system strengthening. Applicants who are accepted for this third edition of the LPLS will join the community of practice for health logisticians, whose importance has been recognised by the Ministers of Health for the Africa region and partners. A total of 25 to 30 students will be selected to take courses starting in November 2014, with the teaching content approved by a panel of university experts in health logistics from the public and private sectors, notably WHO and UNICEF. The training is conducted in french. For more information, contact
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