In recent years, there has been a desire from the development external partners in the field of disability to establish the necessary conditions to help the actors involved in the field of disability in Africa to acquire an effective autonomy especially in the area of supply of raw materials, components, equipment and other disability-related products.
The autonomy and guarantee of sustainable functioning depend heavily on the ability of rehabilitation centres to have access to a regular supply locally, regionally and internationally. But presently, the problem of supply of these centres is beyond the borders of a single country and has become an important issue.
The Guarantee of a regular supply contributes to:
- provide quality services at a lower cost
- increase access to services, improve the quality and ensure sustainable functioning
- a process of increasing rehabilitation care delivery, improving the quality of care and continuity of actions
- empower the autonomy of the partners but also to take into account the institutional environment in which they operate especially community and national call for tender, customs taxes, free movement of goods, transit and transport facilities.
We must acknowledge that rehabilitation services providers face a lot of difficulties to place annual orders and thus to benefit from preferential rates. This is due to delays in positioning budgets for public services and / or increasing constraints on the part of African governments for disbursement. This situation is not better for private rehabilitation services providers, as they don’t have big amounts of money to place large orders. The establishment of the purchasing centre will remove all these difficulties by providing a regular supply according to the rhythm of functioning of it members by negotiating from the beginning preferential rates with suppliers.