Country Approach

Unusable medical and pharmaceutical (UMPP) disposal procedures and capacity are not fully developed in Guinea for the treatment and disposal of post-Ebola outbreak UMPP waste. As the health sector in Guinea continues to deal with this issue, the amount of damaged and expired products requiring destruction increases.

Guinea is also a President’s Malaria Initiative focus country where, according to the Ministry of Health, malaria is the primary cause for consultations, hospitalizations, and deaths.

The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project is working with the Ministry of Health to both strengthen the supply chain for malaria commodities and develop a waste management and reverse logistics strategy for Ebola-related commodities.

Activity Highlights

As GHSC-PSM launched in Guinea in February 2017, most of the upcoming work involves initial program design, building from ongoing discussions on malaria commodity supply chain systems strengthening and the results of a reverse logistics assessment for infection control commodities for Ebola. Key activities include:

  • Consult with USAID, Ministry of Health, and other stakeholders to set the foundation for inclusive program design
  • Evaluate national regulations and regional USAID project documents related to disposal of UMPP
  • Conduct a rapid assessment of the disposal options in Guinea and opportunities to develop sustainable disposal solutions with government partners or as part of a public-private partnership and the possibility of export of UMPP for treatment and disposal. The assessment will involve a data collection team visiting six sites to hold interviews and review stock levels and expiry dates.

Success Stories

September 24, 2019
In Guinea, challenges in establishing regulations to govern the pharmaceutical sector have allowed for unregulated and illicit private pharmacies to proliferate. The presence of these establishments increases a patient’s risk of receiving counterfeit or low-quality medicines.…
March 14, 2019
Maintenance of specialized equipment in resource-poor environments adds a heavy burden to already stretched health systems. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 70% of medical equipment in sub-Saharan Africa is out of service, mainly due to the lack of trained biomedical technicians…
October 10, 2018
Guinea’s Ministry of Health (MoH) puts information at the heart of decision-making. The country’s existing Logistics Management Information System (LMIS) provides users data to ensure that health facilities and patients have access to the health products they need. To help revitalize the system,…