VRIDDHI –System Strengthening
The Family Planning Division of the MoHFW has developed a FP-LMIS (Family Planning Logistic Management Information System) in collaboration with C-DAC with an aim to improve access to family planning services. Family Planning commodities are procured nationally by the MoHFW and delivered to clients through health facilities and frontline workers - Auxiliary Nurse and Midwives (ANMs) and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs). An efficient and effective logistics and supply management system is required to ensure timely availability of commodities at the community level with ASHAs. The FP-LMIS tracks commodities from National to ASHA level. The software was launched in November 2017. Even though the software has been designed as a user-friendly application there is a need to support states, districts and blocks to start using the software. Vriddhi is supporting Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Assam plus seven northeastern states to introduce and use FP-LMIS. The project has mobilized a team for this activity and is continuing the support started by USAID grantee Abt. Associates. Capacitating facilities and frontline workers to start using the software for indent, issue and receiving will be the aim of the program in the coming year.
This intervention will be taken up in the state of Assam. The project has partnered with an agency with expertise in Public Financial Management strengthening (PFM). The state of Assam has already initiated steps to strengthen its PFM function for NHM and it is investing in a software solution. The aim for strengthening PFM is to work towards improving state oversight of the process by designing and implementing a monitoring framework that helps decision making and action at various levels. The agency is conducting a diagnostic study and establishing a baseline for PFM processes in relation to NHM in the state. The findings of the diagnostic will help to further contextualize the oversight framework for the state and result in more efficient and transparent PFM systems.