Improving Supply Chain Management in Morocco

Partnership objective

Develop training that fosters a better professional and technical knowledge of drug management. 

Sanofi Morocco designed together with the Ministries of Health and Industry an agreement that aims at sharing the expertise of Sanofi in supply chain management. Sanofi Morocco designed together with the Ministries of Health and Industry an agreement that aims at sharing the expertise of Sanofi in supply chain management. Copyright Sanofi

What are the health needs and challenges?

In Morocco, failures in the management of drug inventory were described by a report of the Court of Auditors, which highlighted that poor estimation of drug needs by public hospitals, absence of a hospital information system, unsuitable storage of local products, gaps in the inventory management and a lack of means for the destruction of expired drugs which all led to financial losses amounting to several million euros per year.

This situation has also been denounced by the Minister of Health which now plans to outsource this service in the medium term. 

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges:

Based on this finding, Sanofi Morocco designed together with the Ministries of Health and Industry an agreement that aims at sharing the expertise of Sanofi in supply chain management.

This partnership aims at training technicians, engineers and staff from the Minister of Health to the jobs of the pharmaceutical industry, including Good Distribution Practices, Hygiene, Safety and Environment, and logistics and distribution. The partnership is being rolled out as follows:

Didactic and interactive trainings and workshops provided by experts from Sanofi and experts from external training institutions. for the Ministry of Health Inspectors on:

  • Good distribution practices and associated risks;
  • How to audit the distribution centers.

Deployment of a Distribution Logistics module (Supply chain, procurement, inventory management)  to help reduce malfunctions and ensure good practices.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

More than 300 people attended the first training in March 2014 and more than 700 will be trained by the end of 2014.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Sanofi

Partner(s) Moroccan Ministry of Health, Moroccan Ministry of Trade, Industry and New Technologies

Type of Partner(s) Government

Therapeutic Focus Other

Disease(s) General Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) General population, Health professionals, Patients in needs of treatment

Region(s) Middle East & North Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Morocco

Start Date 2014

Anticipated completion date 2014

« Medicines alone cannot fight such diseases as diabetes, mental disorders and epilepsy... collaborations signed today reinforces Sanofi's commitment in building major programs with stakeholders in the public and private sectors to provide solutions. »

Christopher Viebacher, CEO Sanofi