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Certificate in Humanitarian Medical Logistics (MedLog)

About CHMLP (MedLog)MedLog

Developed for experienced humanitarian logistics and medical specialists handling medical supplies, Certification in Humanitarian Medical Logistics Practices (MedLog) is a course that is offered as part of the Fritz Institute /CILT (UK) programme. It focuses on the special supply chain requirements on medical supplies with the primary focus being to prevent the introduction of substandard and counterfeit items to the supply chain. The experienced logisticians from ICRC, UNICEF, WFP, IFRC, MSF-Switzerland and WHO received funding from ECHO, USAID, and DFID to come up with this programme. There was also input from other organisations for the programme like IMC, Merlin, Oxfam-GB and UNFPA.

Course fees: GBP900.00 (VAT at 20% must be added to this if you are intending to study within the European Union)

Course duration: 6 months (based on average study time of 5 hours per week)

Course Delivery: This is a supported distance learning, online programme - ideally suited for those who need the flexibility to fit their studying around their own work and other commitments.

Who should participate?

MedLog is aimed at experienced logisticians and medical specialists handing the medical supply within humanitarian organizations. The self-paced distance learning is designed specifically for those recently working (or plan to work) in operational supply chain positions within humanitarian organizations. There are no academic pre-requisites. Less experienced logisticians are recommended to take the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics program first.

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How will you learn?

MedLog deviates from the commonly used examination of knowledge approach. Instead, the ‘Competence Model’ focuses on the application of skills. The candidate is trained using reality based scenarios in which the candidate is expected to manage a medical supply chain and advice on the same. The main aim of requesting these tasks is to show that the candidate has developed and demonstrate that they have the necessary skills that are defined in the competence model.

Logistics Learning Alliance, who deliver the programme, ensure that candidates are supported by coaches that are experienced in logistics. While the coaches provide advice and guidance, qualified, professional, Assessors review the assignments of each of the candidates and confirm their competence for Certification.

For 5 hours a week over the course of 6 months for the programme to be complete. Within the time you’re in the programme, your achievements and skills are documented through a portfolio which is finally reviewed by CILT (UK) the Certification awarding body once the programme has been completed.

Certification in Humanitarian Medical Logistics Programme (CHMLP)

If you are an experienced logistician or medical specialist handing the medical supply within humanitarian organizations, then this is the course for you.

  • Humanitarian Medical Supply Chains
    • This unit looks at the different types of medical programs, their main characteristics, and the impact on the design and operation of the supply chain. To plan and operate a medical supply chain requires information, the unit considers the type of information and documentation needed. Finally, the unit also looks at how to maintain the flow within a medical supply chain. It does this by considering the actions that people take that can affect flow and performance of the overall supply chain.

  • Procurement
    • The unit focuses on the specific requirements for procuring medical items. The unit starts by looking briefly at the function of procurement and the procurement process. It then looks at the specific requirements for procuring medical items. This is done by considering the stages in the procurement process where the requirements for procuring medical items are particularly important and/or require specific attention.

  • Storage
    • This unit focuses on the specific requirements for storing medical items. The unit begins by looking at the role of storage in medical supply chains. It then looks at the specific requirements for storing medical items followed by considering the role of inventory and how inventory must be managed. Finally, the unit finishes by considering the options for acquiring, owning and operating the storage facilities.

  • Transport
    • The unit focuses on the specific requirements for transporting medical items. The unit starts by looking at the role of transport in medical supply chains. It then considers the specific requirements for transporting and handling medical items. Finally, it considers the use of external transport providers to move medical items.

  • Disposal
    • This unit focuses on the specific requirements for the disposal of medical waste – both waste from medical activities and waste in the form of unusable medical items. The unit begins by looking at the importance of correct disposal of waste. It then considers the different types of waste. It continues on to look at the sources of unusable items that will require disposal. It finishes by considering the disposal process, the different methods of disposal and the consequences of improper or non-disposal of medical waste.