Project Title

APEC LSIF Blood Supply Chain Partnership Training Network (PTN) – 2015-2016 Pilots 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

CTI 06 2015A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 06 2015A 

Project Title

APEC LSIF Blood Supply Chain Partnership Training Network (PTN) – 2015-2016 Pilots 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Human Security 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

60,000 

Co-funding Amount

142,000 

Total Project Value

202,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Life Sciences Innovation Forum (LSIF) 

Topics

Life Sciences 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

China; Indonesia; Japan; Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/06/2015 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Dr Maureen M Goodenow 

Job Title 1

Senior Advisor 

Organization 1

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, US Department of State and the University of Florida 

Postal Address 1

2201 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20520, United States 

Telephone 1

1-352 3165138 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

goodenow@ufl.edu 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Dr Maureen M Goodenow 

Project Summary

In Oct. 2014 LSIF representatives developed the APEC Blood Supply Chain 2020 Roadmap, which sets forth an action-oriented work plan for APEC economies to implement and achieve international quality and safety standards for the blood supply chain. Implementation of the Roadmap requires focused training on international standards in quality systems and areas such as Good Laboratory Practices (GLP); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP); and Quality Management Systems.  This concept note seeks funding to hold a pilot training program for the APEC LSIF Blood Supply Chain Partnership Training Network (PTN) - a network of organizations with the capacity to conduct training in international best practices in maintaining safety and quality in the blood supply chain. Positive outcome of the pilot is expected to lead to the permanent establishment of the self-sufficient PTN for ongoing capacity building in APEC economies. The activities related to the pilot training program align with APEC funding criteria for 2015 (Rank 1) and are planned by LSIF for Q4 2015 in an APEC developing economy.

Relevance

The APEC-funded APEC LSIF Policy Dialogue and Workshop on Attaining a Safe and Sustainable Blood Supply Chain (CTI 26/2013A) was held September 30 to October 1, 2014 in Manila, Philippines.   The event convened representatives from 20 of the 21 APEC Economies, including senior leaders from government, academic institutions, the private sector, civil society, and international organizations to identify how APEC economies can work together to build the capacity of their blood services, infrastructure, and governance and promote the achievement of international safety and quality standards for the blood supply chain.  The outcome of the Policy Dialogue was the APEC Blood Supply Chain 2020 Roadmap (the Roadmap), a practical framework for APEC economies to apply at local, economy, and regional levels to improve the safety of the blood supply chain. The blood supply chain is a multi-step process with risk of error in each step (from selecting qualified donors, collecting and processing donations, testing of donor and patient samples, issue of compatible blood, to transfusing the patient).

The Roadmap calls for increased capacity building to improve technical competence and understanding of quality systems among stakeholders in the blood supply chain, which includes policymakers, regulators, blood donors, laboratory, technical staff, quality managers,  and healthcare providers. An effective quality system provides a framework for supply chain activities to be established (CLSI QMS01-A4, ISO 13485,ISO 15189 and AABB standards), performed in a quality-focused way and continuously monitored to improve outcomes. The risks associated in the blood supply chain can be significantly reduced by the introduction of quality systems, external quality assessment and education and training for staff.

APEC LSIF representatives further agreed in Manila to explore the establishment of an APEC LSIF Blood Supply Chain Partnership Training Network (PTN) to serve as a long-term sustainable model for capacity building activities to help APEC economies implement the Roadmap’s recommended actions and ultimately achieve the goals set forth in the Roadmap.

The PTN will be formally established as a sustainable, self-funded initiative by Q4 2015.  The PTN’s goal will be to support implementation of the APEC Blood Supply Chain 2020 Roadmap in APEC developing economies. AABB, the internationally-recognized, independent professional body and standards organization for blood services, has volunteered to serve as the Secretariat for the PTN.  The PTN will involve representatives of health ministries, Red Cross organizations, regulatory agencies, academia, industry, and other key stakeholders. A PTN Advisory Board, comprised of up to 12 representatives from APEC governments, international organizations (WHO, PAHO), medical associations, academic societies (ISBT), patient groups, and the private sector, will also be established and will provide strategic guidance and oversight over the PTN’s activities. 

The PTN will develop and deliver an evolving curriculum that enhances capacity and promotes the achievement of international standards in the blood supply chain. The PTN is not intended to be an actual “bricks and mortar” facility, but instead will build upon existing resources in the region to create a network of organizations with the capacity to conduct training in international best practices in maintaining safety and quality in the blood supply chain.  PTN activities will include training in the following areas: Quality Systems; Good Laboratory Practices (GLP); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP); and Quality Management Systems. Training through PTN programs would be provided by expert faculty and experienced practitioners from academia, industry, consulting firms, and government agencies.

Through this APEC project, the PTN will conduct two pilot programs: one in Q4 2015 and one in early 2016 that will serve as a “proof of concept” for the PTN training programs.  To maximize use of the APEC funding for the training itself (instead of travel), one training program will be held in the Latin America region (TBC) and the second pilot program will be held in Southeast Asia (TBC).

Objectives

a) Provide “proof of concept” for the establishment of an APEC LSIF Blood Supply Chain Partnership Training Network (PTN); 

b) Embrace the quality concepts of CLSI QMS01-A4, ISO 13485, and ISO 15189, as well as international- recognized blood standards such as the AABB;

c) Build interest among, and secure financial/in-kind support from, partners to establish the PTN in 2016.  Partners will include AABB (an non-profit international-recognized professional body and standards organization for blood services), health ministries, Red Cross organizations, regulatory agencies, academia, industry, and other key stakeholders (e.g., technology partners, international organizations);

d) Develop a framework to test methods of training delivery (in-person vs. virtual)

Alignment

This concept note seeks APEC funding to support the pilot training.  The project aligns with Rank 1 funding criteria for APEC projects in 2015, demonstrating a direct link to the promotion of regional economic integration; Standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations, regulatory cooperation, and regulatory coherence, including good regulatory practices; Building sustainable and resilient communities; Emergency preparedness and disaster management, including activities relating to the efficient movement of capital, goods, services and people; Infrastructure Development and Investment, including through public-private partnerships (PPP).

Aigned with 2015 funding criteria, specifically Rank 1 criteria of promoting regional economic integration through “standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations, regulatory cooperation, and regulatory coherence, including good regulatory practices”;  “Building sustainable and resilient communities”; “Emergency preparedness and disaster management, including activities relating to the efficient movement of capital, goods, services and people”; “Infrastructure Development and Investment, including through PPP”.  Further, supports the APEC Regulatory Cooperation Plan endorsed by APEC Leaders and Ministers in 2010.  Finally, advances Philippines’s 2015 host year priorities of “Enhancing Regional Economic Integration,” “Investing in Human Capital Development,” and “Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities”

This project effectively promotes the goals of the LSIF 2004 Strategic Plan in the area of health services. The goals include: 1) monitoring the quality and performance of health systems to ensure appropriate use of innovations; and, 2) advocating accessibility, affordability, sustainability, and value from innovation in health services. The Blood Supply Chain Roadmap 2020 and the proposed pilot training program for the PTN, directly respond to the call within the LSIF Strategic Plan to address the harmonization of regulatory standards and practices for life sciences products and services through collaboration with relevant international standards bodies.

TILF/ASF Justification

This project aims to improve the development of blood systems and build the capacity of health systems of APEC developing economies. Nine of the project co-sponsors are APEC developing economies. Several of these economies will be engaged throughout the development and execution of this project through participation in the Partnership Training Network (PTN). The project will also take place in two APEC developing economies. 

Following the pilot training programs, support networks will be created that will provide participating institutions in APEC developing economies with the information and resources to drive change and make improvements to their quality system.  The goal is to have institutions achieve an international accreditation of their quality system and certification of compliance with international standards in key operational areas.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: This output of this project will be two (2) pilot training programs under the new APEC LSIF Blood Supply Chain Partnership Training Network (PTN).  The pilot training programs will support implementation of the APEC Blood Supply Chain 2020 Roadmap developed in late 2014 and endorsed by the LSIF in early 2015.

Two partner economies (APEC developing economies) will be selected to host the pilot programs.  To maximize the project’s impact and efficiency, one economy will be chosen from the Latin America region (Chile, Mexico, or Peru) and one from the Southeast Asia region (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, or Vietnam).  All of these economies will be invited to put forward an “expression of interest” to host the pilot programs.  The short proposals will be reviewed and selected by the Project Overseer and the PTN Advisory Board.  The ideal hosts would be able to provide a meeting venue in a safe and easily accessible location and demonstrate a commitment to the initiative.  Those economies that are not selected to host the initial pilots will be prioritized to host workshops and training programs in 2016 once the PTN is fully established. 

In order to produce the budget estimate for this project, Lima, Peru (APEC 2016 host) and Manila, Philippines (APEC 2015 host) are identified as the destinations for the pilot programs.  Please note that these economies have not been selected as the hosts of the pilots, but both are eligible to apply.  

Following the pilot training programs, participant evaluation and trainer evaluations will be collected.  The PO will develop a report including a summary of the participant and trainer evaluations as well as recommendations on next steps, including additional training needs.  The report will be submitted with the PTN Advisory Board and ultimately the LSIF Planning Group.  The PTN Advisory Board will conduct an assessment of progress on implementation of the 2020 Roadmap by the end of 2017 and again in 2019. 

Outcomes: The pilot training programs will demonstrate how the newly-established PTN will work.  The success of these pilot trainings will enable the partner institutions involved in the training to commit resources to the initiative over the medium-term (through 2020). This will allow for sustainable, self-funded training programs to continue to in APEC developing economies to support implementation of the 2020 Roadmap. 

The trainings will focus on building effective quality systems.  Quality systems provide a framework for supply chain activities to be established (CLSI QMS01-A4, ISO 13485,ISO 15189 and AABB standards), performed in a quality-focused way and continuously monitored to improve outcomes. The risks associated in the blood supply chain can be significantly reduced by the introduction of quality systems, external quality assessment and education and training for staff.  PTN Trainings will cover the following areas: Quality Systems; Good Laboratory Practices (GLP); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP); and Quality Management Systems. Training through PTN programs would be provided by expert faculty and experienced practitioners from academia, industry, consulting firms, and government agencies.

Through the training programs, support networks will be created that will provide participating institutions in APEC developing economies with the information and resources to drive change and make improvements to their quality system.  Progress will be measured over the medium-term by assessing participating institutions ability to meet international accreditation standards through a tiered approach. Participating institutions in the PTN training programs will be invited to conduct self-assessments and external peer reviews to assess progress made on strengthening their quality system and operational areas for compliance with international standards. Accreditation is recognized at both a national and international level. The Accreditation Program itself is accredited by AABB and the International Society for Quality (ISQua).

Beneficiaries: 

Project Beneficiaries:
The beneficiaries of this project are populations within APEC economies who will have improved access to blood services. Building the capacity of health systems to provide safe blood will strengthen health systems across the APEC region and the services they provide to the populations of the entire region.

Output #1: The first output of this project will be the first pilot training program on quality systems held in an APEC developing economy in the Latin America region (Chile, Mexico, or Peru). 

Output #1 Beneficiary: The target audience of the pilot and, ultimately the PTN, are blood services leadership and managers who will implement the quality system in their blood organization – helping to improve their capacity and ability to promote implementation of quality systems and international standards in blood services.  The pilot training programs will enable the target audience to develop a network of partners and resources from across the APEC region, from whom and from which they can draw upon as they work to strengthen their quality system and improve conformance with international standards.

Output #2: The second output of this project will be the second pilot training program on quality systems held in an APEC developing economy in the Southeast Asia region (i.e., Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, or Vietnam). 

Output #2 Beneficiary: The target audience of the pilot and, ultimately the PTN, are blood services leadership and managers who will implement the quality system in their blood organization – helping to improve their capacity and ability to promote implementation of quality systems and international standards in blood services.  Blood service leadership and managers include managers and laboratory technicians working in blood banks that are either operated by Ministries of Health or an independent body such as a National Red Cross organization.  A network of these contacts has been established as the APEC LSIF Blood Supply Chain Task Force.  This network was developed with the assistance of LSIF POCs in preparation for the 2014 APEC Blood Supply Chain Workshop in Manila.

Additional organizations, such as National Red Cross organizations, are being recruited within APEC Member Economies to join this initiative.  These organizations have direct oversight and access to a broad networks of blood banks and bankers.  The Asia-Pacific Blood Network (APBN), an organization comprised of national blood services organizations within the Asia-Pacific region, will serve as a key partner in the PTN and in recruiting organizations and individuals to participate in the pilot programs,

The pilot training programs will enable the target audience to develop a network of partners and resources from across the APEC region, from whom and from which they can draw upon as they work to strengthen their quality system and improve conformance with international standards.

Output #3 and #4: An evaluation will be provided to participants and trainers at the conclusion of each of the two (2) pilot training programs to evaluate the effectiveness of the content and delivery methods. 

Output #3 and #4 Beneficiary: The evaluations will benefit the target audience (blood services leadership and managers who will implement the quality system in their blood organization) as the feedback provided will allow the PTN Secretariat and PTN Advisory Board to address any gaps in information after the pilot program.  Future target audiences will also benefit from the improved training content and delivery based on the feedback provided from the participants and trainers.

Output #5 and #6: A report and recommendations from each of the two pilot training programs will be developed by the PO.

Output #5 and #6 Beneficiary: The reports will benefit all of the PTN participants, including health officials, government regulatory authorities responsible for blood products and services, blood safety leaders within APEC economies; members of the LSIF and RHSC, the HWG; representatives of the international organizations such as the WHO and the ISBT (International Society for Blood Transfusion), as well as academia, civil society, and the private sector, including healthcare providers. All participants will benefit from the reports on the capacity building activities including progress made and remaining gaps to be filled.

Dissemination

Reports from both the pilot training programs will be developed and made publicly available through the APEC website and the LSIF webpage.  The partner institutions involved in the PTN will also be invited to make the APEC Roadmap and the Pilot Training Program reports available on their websites.  Regular updates on the PTN pilots and the PTN initiative will be presented to conferences of the major organizations involved in the PTN, such as the AABB Annual Conference; the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) Annual Meetings; the Asia Pacific Blood Network (APBN) Board Meetings and Conferences; the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) regular meetings and workshops in the Asia-Pacific region.  The PTN and PTN Advisory Board will seek additional opportunities to present updates and outcomes of the initiative through international organization meetings (WHO); meetings of the International Red Cross and National Red Cross organization in APEC Member Economies; and other industry and academic events and workshops as appropriate.

All information and training materials will also be made available to the pilot program participants and those involved in the PTN.

Output

Dissemination Plans

Target Audience

In person pilot training program #1

The PTN will work with the LSIF, the LSIF RHSC, and the HWG to identify pilot program participants

Blood services leadership and managers who will implement the quality system in their blood organization

Evaluation of effectiveness of in pilot training program #1

Completed evaluations will be disseminated to the PTN Advisory Board, the LSIF, and the APEC Secretariat.

Pilot program #1 participants  and trainers

Report on pilot training program #1

Disseminated to workshop participants, the LSIF, and other key stakeholders.

Health officials and government regulatory authorities overseeing blood products and services; academia; industry; civil society;

In person pilot training program #2

The PTN will work with the LSIF, the LSIF RHSC, and the HWG to identify pilot program participants

Blood services leadership and managers who will implement the quality system in their blood organization

Evaluation of effectiveness of in pilot training program #2

Completed evaluations will be disseminated to the PTN Advisory Board, the LSIF, and the APEC Secretariat.

Pilot program #1 participants  and trainers

Report on pilot training program #2

Disseminated to workshop participants, the LSIF, and other key stakeholders.

Health officials and government regulatory authorities overseeing blood products and services; academia; industry; civil society;

Gender

We will seek robust participation by women in both training participants and trainers.  It should be noted that the Project Overseer is a woman.  We will seek to ensure that half of the PTN Advisory Board members are women. 

According to the WHO, women comprise over 75% of the healthcare workforce in most economies in the world.  As indispensable contributors to the delivery of health care services, women’s involvement in this project will be crucial to its success. Female healthcare workers must have the knowledge of best practices that can be implemented in healthcare settings to improve blood safety. Equipping women healthcare workers with knowledge of blood safety will empower them to lead in improving the delivery of healthcare services in the APEC region. Without women’s participation in this project, the project outcomes will not be sustainable. We will ensure that women are adequately represented in the workshop from all economies and participating organizations.

Work Plan

July-October: The PTN Advisory Board will use objective criteria to select pilot training program curriculum topics (to develop skilled human capacity in implementing quality systems and international standards) and target audience. PO will also: identify technical experts that will develop the in-person training curriculum and trainers that will deliver the pilot training; identify and select PTN host institutions (and the locations of the in-person pilot training programs), set tentative pilot delivery date(s), and consult with key stakeholders such as the WHO.  The PTN will select technical experts, trainers, and technology partner that will develop the first in-person training program.

October-December: First pilot training delivered to target participants. PO to report on pilot outcomes to PTN Advisory Board and LSIF Planning Group. 

January – March 2016: The PO and the PTN Advisory Board will select location for 2nd pilot training program, set tentative pilot delivery date(s), and consult with key stakeholders such as the WHO.  The PTN will select technical experts, trainers, and technology partner that will develop the second in-person training program. March – June 2016:  Second pilot training delivered to target participants. PO to report on pilot outcomes to PTN Advisory Board and LSIF Planning Group.

Risks

Risk

Management strategy

Inability to secure project co-sponsoring economy to host the two pilot programs.

The Project Overseer has already conducted outreach to some of the co-sponsoring economies to identify economies interested in hosting the pilot programs.

Lack of interest by target beneficiaries

Concept received widespread, enthusiastic support from LSIF and has 13 co-sponsors

Too few or too many interested members; members without appropriate expertise

Seek balanced representation from across APEC economies and among academia / industry / medical professionals / government; develop a list of back-up participants

Difficulty identifying date when all members can participate

Send dates as early as possible

Not enough attendees able to attend

Request confirmations early so back-up members can be invited to participate

Inability to secure quality speakers

The Project Overseer and Project Task Force have already identified potential speakers

Long Term Risk: lack of funding for the PTN training programs (following the pilots)

The PTN and PTN Advisory Board are being established so that resources can be pooled by the various organizations to fund future PTN training programs.  Organizations are being recruited based on their long-term interest and commitment to the success of the initiative. 

Monitoring and Evaluation

The PO, the PTN Secretariat, and the PTN Advisory Board will convene regular conference calls to ensure actions in the work plan are on track. The PO will develop the work plan and will update it as necessary.

An evaluation will be developed and workshop participants will be requested to complete a feedback form to assess the effectiveness of the pilot training program.  The evaluation will be important for evaluating how future PTN training programs will be delivered. The PO will develop a report including a summary of the participant and trainer evaluations as well as recommendations on next steps, including additional training needs.  The report will be submitted with the PTN Advisory Board and ultimately the LSIF Planning Group.  The PTN Advisory Board will conduct an assessment of progress on implementation of the 2020 Roadmap by the end of 2017 and again in 2019.

The pilot training programs will demonstrate how the newly-established PTN will work.  The success of these pilot trainings will enable the partner institutions involved in the training to commit resources to the initiative over the medium-term (through 2020). This will allow for sustainable, self-funded training programs to continue to in APEC developing economies to support implementation of the 2020 Roadmap. 

In the short term, a key indicator of success of the project is the number of expected participants per training. The target number of participants for the Latin America training is 30.  The target number of participants for the Southeast Asia training is 50. 

Progress of the entire PTN initiative will be measured over the medium-term by assessing participating institutions ability to meet international accreditation standards through a tiered approach. Participating institutions in the PTN training programs will be invited to conduct self-assessments and external peer reviews to assess progress made on strengthening their quality system and operational areas for compliance with international standards. Accreditation is recognized at both a national and international level. The Accreditation Program itself is accredited by AABB and the International Society for Quality (ISQua).

Linkages

Engagement: In addition to the LSIF Planning Group, the LSIF Regulatory Harmonization Steering Committee (RHSC) and the Health Working Group (HWG) will be invited to participate in the workshop. The relevant project information will be shared with both the RHSC and HWG. Numerous stakeholders will be engaged in the project, including academia, civil society, the private sector (including healthcare providers), the WHO, the ISBT (International Society for Blood Transfusion), and other international organizations.

Previous work: The APEC-funded APEC LSIF Policy Dialogue and Workshop on Attaining a Safe and Sustainable Blood Supply Chain (CTI 26/2013A) was held September 30 to October 1, 2014 in Manila, Philippines.   The event convened representatives from 20 of the 21 APEC Economies, including senior leaders from government, academic institutions, the private sector, civil society, and international organizations to identify how APEC economies can work together to build the capacity of their blood services, infrastructure, and governance and promote the achievement of international safety and quality standards for the blood supply chain.  The outcome of the Policy Dialogue was the APEC Blood Supply Chain 2020 Roadmap (the Roadmap), a practical framework for APEC economies to apply at local, economy, and regional levels to improve the safety of the blood supply chain. APEC LSIF representatives further agreed in Manila to explore the establishment of an APEC LSIF Blood Supply Chain Partnership Training Network (PTN) to serve as a long-term sustainable model for capacity building activities to help APEC economies implement the Roadmap’s recommended actions and ultimately achieve the goals set forth in the Roadmap. In June 2015, APEC LSIF members and the LSIF Executive Board endorsed the establishment of the PTN. 

The project also builds on the outcomes of the June 2013 HWG and LSIF Policy Dialogue on Building Capacity to Address Healthcare-Associated Infections, which included discussions on the potential returns on investment in blood safety in developing economies. The project also builds on the September 2013 APEC High Level Meeting on Health & the Economy and the recommendations of the April 2013 Health Working Group Recommendations on Getting to Zero on HIV and AIDS to Support Sustainable Growth in Asia Pacific Region. It was recommended that APEC Leaders reaffirm their commitment to accelerate progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goal 6 (MDG 6), which specifically refers to halting and reversing the spread of HIV and AIDS, and other related MDGs by 2015. APEC adds value by addressing the link between the public health and economic development aspects of the issue in line with APEC priorities, the Bogor Goals, and the Strategic Plans of the LSIF and the HWG. By focusing on economic aspects, the proposed APEC Workshop supports, but does not duplicate, ongoing international efforts to improve the supply of blood worldwide. 

APEC’s comparative advantage: APEC is uniquely positioned to help build the capacity of its economies to make safe blood available to its populations by supporting the translation of the WHO’s essential medicine recommendation as well as economy-wide plans into concrete, measureable results. This APEC project convenes key stakeholders to identify areas where governments, academia, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector can work together to improve the infrastructure, systems, and governance of blood and blood products through well-placed investments, improved coordination and information sharing, and the application and use of innovations.

APEC holds a comparative advantage as host of the PTN and this project because of its unique focus on capacity building through the sharing of international best practices and standards, enhancing regulatory convergence, improving health and health security, and fostering public-private partnerships. These objectives will be incorporated into the activities throughout the duration of this project.  APEC ensures equity, by providing a vehicle for all economies to participate and take ownership of the project. Furthermore, APEC’s voluntary non-binding structure and focus on capacity building are key advantages, as this project seeks to foster an environment for sharing and developing best practices for blood services. 

Numerous APEC stakeholders will be engaged in the project including the Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC); Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG); LSIF Regulatory Harmonization Steering Committee (RHSC); and Health Working Group (HWG).  Additionally, this project will engage multiple non-APEC stakeholders, including AABB; International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT); WHO; Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO); International Red Cross; and numerous representatives of academia, civil society, the private sector, and other international organizations. This project will build on the success of the previous project, “CTI 26/2013A - Workshop on Investment in the Blood and Blood Products Supply Chain to Promote Sustainable APEC Healthcare Systems.

Sustainability

The APEC LSIF Blood Supply Chain Partnership Training Network (PTN) will be formally established as a sustainable, self-funded initiative by Q4 2015.  The PTN’s goal will be to support implementation of the APEC Blood Supply Chain 2020 Roadmap in APEC developing economies. AABB, the internationally-recognized professional body and standards organization for blood services, will serve as the Secretariat for the PTN.  A PTN Advisory Board, comprised of representatives from APEC governments, international organizations, medical associations, patient groups, and the private sector, will also be established and will provide strategic guidance and oversight over the PTN’s activities.  

This APEC project will provide the “proof of concept” for the PTN’s first two training programs on quality systems.  Training through PTN programs would be provided by expert faculty and experienced practitioners from academia, industry, consulting firms, and government agencies.

Following the pilot training programs, participant evaluation and trainer evaluations will be collected and evaluated.  The PO will develop a report including a summary of the participant and trainer evaluations as well as recommendations on next steps, including additional training needs.  The report will be shared with the PTN Advisory Board. 

Through the training programs, support networks will be created that will provide participating institutions in APEC developing economies with the information and resources to drive change and make improvements to their quality system.  Progress will be measured over the medium-term by assessing participating institutions ability to meet international accreditation standards through a tiered approach. Participating institutions in the PTN training programs will be invited to conduct self-assessments and external peer reviews to assess progress made on strengthening their quality system and operational areas for compliance with international standards. Accreditation is recognized at both a national and international level. The Accreditation Program itself is accredited by AABB and the International Society for Quality (ISQua).

Project Overseers

The Project Overseer is Dr. Maureen Goodenow.  Dr. Maureen Goodenow serves as the senior science advisor in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Office of Economic Policy [EAP/EP] for projects related to global health, science, technology, and innovation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation [APEC]. Dr. Goodenow also serves as Chair for the Planning Group for the Life Sciences Innovative Forum [LSIF] and worked with Indonesia as 2013 APEC host economy for a high level dialogue of APEC Health officials. Dr. Goodenow advised LSIF and the Health Working Group on issues related to cancer, mental health, health-care associated infections, and HIV/AIDS in the region. She guided international groups of experts, who represent divergent perspectives and interests, as well as U.S. Government interagency, academic, and private sector groups, in development of policy statements for APEC leaders will set the framework for projects in the APEC region. 

Dr. Goodenow is also a Professor of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine, holds the Stephany W. Holloway University Endowed Chair for AIDS Research at the University of Florida, and is the Director of the Florida Center for AIDS Research. She received her Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the Sue Golding Graduate School at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Following a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular oncology at the Sloan Kettering Institute in New York, she was a visiting scientist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, where she initiated her studies of HIV. Dr. Goodenow has a research program in molecular epidemiology, pathogenesis, and vaccines for HIV-1 and related viruses, including viruses that cause cancer. Her research program, which has a track record of more than twenty years of extramural research funding from NIH and foundations, currently involves high-throughput next generation genomics, bioinformatics and systems biology applied to human immunity and pathogen interactions from a global health perspective.

Dr. Goodenow has published over 100 articles and book chapters, and trained more than 25 doctoral and postdoctoral fellows. She is on the editorial boards for the Society for Leukocyte Biology, the American Society for Microbiology, and the International AIDS Society, has served as a special advisor to the Vice Chancellor of Research for the City University of New York, and is a member of National Institutes of Health committees, including the AIDS Research Advisory Committee for the Division of AIDS in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research in the Office of AIDS Research. She has provided advice to the combined program between NIH and Department of State for enhancing research between US and Russian scientists, as well as Fogarty Programs in India and Kazakhstan.

Cost Efficiency

Through this APEC project, the PTN will conduct two pilot programs: one in Q4 2015 and one in early 2016 that will serve as a “proof of concept” for the PTN training programs.  To maximize use of the APEC funding for the training itself (instead of travel), one training program will be held in the Latin America region (TBC) and the second pilot program will be held in Southeast Asia (TBC).

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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