1997 a Dutch consortium was asked to provide technical assistance to the
Pharmacie Populaire du Mali (PPM), the French equivalent of Central
Medical Stores, in Mali, as part of a support program funded by the
government of the Netherlands. Computerization of the core operations of
PPM was one of the major components of the program. After an extensive
study of PPM's current and future business processes together and a
thorough review of available commercial software packages, the decision
was made to develop the software from scratch. This resulted in the
development of the software package called 'Système Intégré
de la Gestion des Médicaments' (SIGMED), a system which has
been in operation since 2000.
In 2002 the package was technically upgraded and
new functionality was added. The current version is running on an SQL
Server 2000 database and on most other Windows server platforms (NT4,
W2000, XP). SIGMED is multilingual. At
the moment SIGMED runs under two languages: French and English. Other
languages (e.g. Portuguese) can be easily implemented.
a 'one-size-fits-all' approach is not likely to work for any software
solution, some customization will be necessary when applying the package
in other situations. However, given SIGMED's open structure (choice of
platform, database and front-end software), adaptations and maintenance
will be relatively easy to accomplish.
September 2002 we have started with the implementation of this updated
version of SIGMED in Central Medical Stores in Malawi. The package has
also been customized to the specific needs of this CMS.