TREAT TB’s second webinar in its capacity building series aimed at strengthening capacity to conduct high-quality clinical trials for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). This webinar focused on issues relating to supply chain management for MDR-TB trials and featured a presentation from Dr. Jan Komrska, senior pharmacist at Vital Strategies, followed by a question and answer session.

The discussion addressed the need for multiple supply chains to be designed, implemented, and managed in order to ensure the provision of the substantial resources required for clinical trials.

 Dr. Jan Komrska also detailed key components to a successful supply chain, explaining that supply chain management requires dedicated and trained staff who are an integral part of the research team. It is important that they understand the needs of the customers, suppliers, and partners in order to ensure responsive supply chain design and management and reduce misunderstandings and errors.

The presentation also highlighted the importance of team work and good communication, including the use of clear, simple instructions, visual aids and logs.

TREAT TB’s MDR-TB clinical trial capacity building webinar series will continue over the coming months, with webinars scheduled for December, January, March, and May. Future topics to be addressed include regulatory requirements, institutional review boards and ethics approval, laboratory strengthening and community engagement, among others.

To listen to the latest webinar, please click here

To view Dr. Komrska’s presentation, see here

To read more about the TREAT TB project, click here.