In the complex web of public healthcare procurement, one concept stands paramount: "Understanding the Requirement." It's not just a phrase, but a critical step in ensuring that procurement processes are not just effective but also impactful.
This September, we are thrilled to open the doors to our latest Ask the Experts webinar that delves into this very topic. This session comes to you on 27th from 1:30 PM WAT or 3:30 PM EAT.
Why is Understanding the Requirement Essential?
Every procurement cycle begins with understanding the requirement. This seemingly simple step has profound implications. It’s akin to setting the foundation stone for a building; if done right, it ensures that everything that follows is robust and aligned with the intended goals. In procurement, it allows managers to:
Identify stakeholders: Knowing who has a vested interest in procurement helps streamline the process.
Understand the type of procurement: Not every procurement is the same, and understanding its nature can determine its success.
Gauge business needs: What does the organization truly require? Are there any specifics or nuances?
Specify those needs effectively: It’s one thing to identify a need, and another to articulate it in a way that potential suppliers can understand and act upon.
The emphasis on developing technical skills around this topic is thus not just for improving procurement performance. It’s about ensuring that the procured solutions truly serve the public healthcare domain, ensuring better health outcomes and value for money.
Tony Davies, FCIPS, PhD (CIPS Procurement Trainer and Assessor)
Dr. Claver Kimathi (Chief County Pharmacist, Isiolo County )