Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health ( SWASTH )

Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST)
Government of Bihar initiative supported by Department for International Development, UK


BTAST trains supply chain professionals on Aushadhara to improve efficiency

Aushadhara is software to help pharmacists, storekeepers, and monitoring & evaluation officers strengthen procurement and distribution of healthcare commodities.

Patna: With the aim of strengthening procurement and supply chain management of healthcare commodities, the State Health Society, Bihar, organised training on the use of Aushadhara, software for inventory management and storage, for supply chain management professionals.
The training of pharmacists, storekeepers, monitoring & evaluation officers and data entry operators was organised in 10 districts of Jamui, Banka, Kishanganj, Katihar, Madhepura, Purnia, Supaul, Araria, Seohar, and Madhubani from May to September 2015 at healthcare facilities at the block and district levels.
Apart from disseminating study materials, participants were trained on various aspects including Inventory Management Tools & Techniques, Good Practices of Storages of Healthcare Commodities etc. The participants were also provided hands-on training on using Aushadhara pertaining to Forecasting, Indenting, Receiving and Issuing of Healthcare Commodities.
With the realisation that pharmacist/storekeepers, data entry operators and block monitoring and evaluation officers are working in isolation rather than as a team, the participants were also motivated to work together as a team for better results. The training programme on using Aushadhara is expected to help provide better healthcare services to people.
The capacity building exercise was executed with the support of Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST) - a consortium of development partners led by the Bihar government to implement the Sector Wide Approach to Strengthen Health (SWASTH) in the state. The goal of the SWASTH programme is ‘to improve the health and nutritional status of people in Bihar, particularly the poorest and excluded’.