SAPICS 2020 Delegate Fact Sheet - Page 16



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SAPICS E-ZINE NOV 2018
EBOLA OUTBREAKS
HIGHLIGHTED DIRE NEED
TO IMPROVE HEALTHCARE
SUPPLY CHAINS
“The vaccine distribution challenges faced by role players who fought
the Ebola outbreaks in the Congo this year highlighted the increasingly
critical need for improvements in Africa’s healthcare supply chains”
Jenny Froome
H
eat, humidity, language barriers
and poor infrastructure in remote
areas were cited by the World
Health Organization as some of the
challenges in getting an experimental
vaccine where it was needed. “While this
Ebola vaccine has especially testing,
ultra-cold storage requirements, the
reality is that logistics challenges like
this are an ongoing daily struggle for
healthcare providers, governments,
international donors, non-governmental
organisations and humanitarian aid
groups distributing life-saving medicines
and healthcare supplies to vulnerable
people and communities around Africa,”
Froome states.
SAPICS
MEMBERSHIP
Membership of SAPICS enables individuals and companies
countrywide to benefit from the variety of business
learning opportunities, event attendance and professional
SAPICS hopes that the awareness
created by the obstacles faced in the
2018 Ebola crises will put the spotlight
on the dire need to improve African
healthcare supply chains and distribution
networks for everything from life-saving
medications for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis
and malaria, to antibiotics, contraception,
circumcision kits and humanitarian
supplies for refugees.
She stresses that the robust, reliable
supply chains that are critical for positive
health outcomes require a skilled,
knowledgeable supply chain workforce.
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MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS:
1
SAPICS Individual
Membership
Membership of SAPICS puts you on the first step
towards Professional Designation and secures
your place within a vital community of supply
chain professionals.
2
Joint SAPICS/
APICS Membership
3
SAPICS Student
Membership
Become a part of the SAPICS Global Community.
4
Corporate
Partnership
development in a structured and cost effective manner. All
memberships are valid for a year from date of payment.
EDUCATION
“The difficulties faced to get the Ebola
vaccine where it was needed without
delay and without compromising its
effectiveness made global headlines
because they related to one of the world’s
most deadly, high profile diseases; but
is estimated that $20 million is wasted
annually from poor refrigeration of
vaccines, and up to 35% of vaccines are
affected by improper storage,” Froome
notes.
supply
chain
Take advantage of the wealth of information and
current learning tools available via our various
education partners both locally and overseas.
As a Joint SAPICS/APICS Member you will have
access to the APICS Body of Knowledge to enhance
your professional network, take charge of your career
and broaden your professional knowledge.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT Discounted rates
apply throughout the year for a variety of activities:
The leading annual Supply Chain Conference in Africa.
Association partner events where applicable.
Educational workshops covering a wide range of
relevant topics.
Regional events throughout the year.
Joint SAPICS/APICS Member benefits include substantial
discounts on APICS learning systems & certification exams.
We look forward to having you on board and your
involvement in the knowledge-sharing, networking
& continuous growth of the supply chain community.
SOCIAL & LEARNING:
Attend professional
development events
and share ideas with
like-minded people.
Word of mouth publicity
to promote your personal
and corporate brand.

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