Riverine Communities Health Organisation (RIVCHO) is engaged by SPDC to carry out a performance monitoring and process evaluation of the Bamako Initiative Drug Revolving Fund Scheme in 15 SPDC supported health facilities in Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states. The DRF scheme has as its main objective ensuring the availability of needed essential drugs at all times in these facilities. At inception, each health facility received a ‘seed drug’ package of essential drugs for prevailing health needs, a list of guidelines aimed at enhancing the achievement of set objectives was drawn up and health facility personnel were trained on the day to day running of the scheme.

A re-training was done last year and the scheme has been running well except for new staff posted to some of these facilities. Also two new facilities (Uzere and Owewe) began the DRF scheme and their personnel needed to be trained. RIVCHO volunteered to carry out a training of these new staff free of charge as part of her contribution to the partnership with SPDC. RIVCHO provided Resource persons, lecture materials, and other logistics while SPDC provided the following for participants; lunch, transportation and accommodation (for those from distant areas).

The training held at the Okpare Health Centre in Ughelli South Local Government area of Delta State on Thursday 23rd July 2009. Dr. Edet E. Edet who represented the Manager Community Health Department of SPDC gave an opening speech in which he brought greetings from Dr Fakunle (manager CHD SPDC) and emphasizing the importance of the DRF scheme to the people of the communities. Mrs. Ufuoma Onokpoya (SPDC Corporate Community Pharmacist) also gave an introductory speech. Moreover she stayed through most of the day providing useful insights. The sessions were very interactive as lectures were delivered amid open discussions on the subject matter (especially lapses observed during DRF implementation). Each item on the DRF Guidelines as well as the performance scoring system was exhaustively discussed. Best practices were shared and participants learnt a lot.

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