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Additional Guidance and Training Needed to Improve Afghan National Army Pharmaceutical Distribution
INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA
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We conducted this audit in response to a February 2011 assessment that we performed at the Afghan National Army ANA National Military Hospital NMH, Kabul, Afghanistan, on health care and sanitation. During the assessment, we identified pharmaceutical accountability concerns. Subsequently, we issued Special Plans and Operations Report No. 2011-007, Assessment of the U.S. Department of Defense Efforts to Develop an Effective Medical Logistics System within the Afghan National Security Forces, June 14, 2011, which further identified internal control weaknesses in the pharmaceutical distribution process. The overall objective of the audit was to determine the effectiveness of pharmaceutical distribution within the Afghanistan National Security Forces1 ANSF health care system. Specifically, we planned to evaluate the procurement2, delivery, and inventory control processes for pharmaceuticals at ANSF medical facilities and depots. To provide more timely and relevant results to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission- Afghanistan NTM-ACombined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan CSTC-A, referred to as CSTC-A, we revised the scope of the audit to focus only on the ANA. See Appendix A for the audit scope, methodology, and prior coverage related to the audit objective.
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