December 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am

Addressing Micronutrient Powders (MNP) Supply Issues Timezone: EST Language: English


Jan Komrska, Alison Fleet

Event Details

This is the third webinar in the home fortification series, coordinated by UNICEF and CDC in collaboration with HF-TAG. This session focuses on MNP procurement and supply. It is intended to provide interactive support to programme managers and implementers. The presenters will discuss all the elements that need to be considered when ordering supplies and talk about key lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid during each aspect of the supply process. The webinar will discuss and demystify the supply process from the planning, procurement, production and supply phases and consider specific issues regarding supply such as determining product specifications, packaging needs and supply timelines. The presenters will also discuss the procurement process and key considerations that need to be taken into account, such as registration of the product, MNP prices, factors that affect pricing, and different procurement mechanisms. For countries interested in manufacturing their own MNPs there will an opportunity to hear more about that process and factors to consider when deciding on whether to procure or manufacturer MNPs. Finally the presenters will discuss the delivery and storage or MNPs in country.
Note: An additional session took place 12 March 2015 at 12:00pm CET.


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Jan Komrska, Alison Fleet

Presenter Bio

Jan Komrska is a clinical pharmacist and a public health specialist with further education in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management. He is currently working at UNICEF’s Supply Division in Copenhagen where he oversees supply of nutrition products to UNICEF country programmes around the world. He participated in regional workshops on MNP Scale up giving lectures on supply issues related to MNPs. He has published several articles on the issues around supplier base development and supply chain management in various journals.

Alison Fleet is a Technical specialist at UNICEF Supply Division, based in Copenhagen. As a Nutritionist, she has a back-ground in industry and has worked in the area of product research and design of nutritional food products and supplements for more than 10 years. She is responsible for evaluating MNP products prior to approval for UNICEF and is active in the work to scale-up of the supply of MNPs with partners.