Malawi

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Country Approach
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Working closely with the government of Malawi, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project supports the procurement, secured storage, and monthly distribution of medicines and commodities to the country’s more than 650 public health facilities.

The project also provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Health to coordinate the many existing health supply chains and in building Ministry of Health capacity for ensuring availability and accountability of health commodities across the country.

To support the government’s strategy to reintegrate the supply chain, GHSC-PSM also improves systems for accountability, data visibility, and performance of the national pharmaceutical supply chain system. The goal is to create new opportunities that address long-standing concerns about accountability for commodity security and to improve mechanisms to ensure that stakeholders have real-time access to the quality information that supports data-driven decision-making.

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Key Commodities
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  • antiretrovirals (ARVs)
  • artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs)
  • copper-containing intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs)
  • male condoms
  • oral contraceptives

 

Note: HIV rapid test kits (RTKs) are also procured through the GHSC-Rapid Test Kits project.

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Activity Highlights
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Key activities in Malawi include:

 

  • Collaborate with Ministry of Health leadership to develop and implement improved pharmaceutical supply chain management strategies
  • Support the Ministry of Health in conducting more deliberate medicine audits, routinely review data for accountability, build capacity within the Drug Theft Investigation Unit, document instances of theft, and implement appropriate interventions to prevent future instances of theft
  • Partner with the Ministry of Health to implement a new logistics management information system platform (OpenLMIS Version 3.0) to enable better-informed decision-making in quantification, forecasting, supply planning, procurement, and inventory management
  • Conduct an annual stock count for reproductive health and malaria commodities
  • Procure priority malaria and reproductive health commodities according to the national quantification and supply plan
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Strategic Engagement
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In collaborating with USAID, GHSC-PSM in Malawi facilitates improvements to the Central Medical Stores Trust through participating in a strategic steering committee; invests in the country’s pharmacy assistant base through collaboration with the Malawi College of Health Sciences; and improves data transparency and quality from the health facility to central level through biannual assessments in coordination with the Ministry of Health.

Success Stories

December 6, 2018
A new USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) video features interviews with people in Malawi’s health supply chain describing the success they have had with a new electronic logistics management information system.   In the four-minute film,…
December 6, 2017
As of this past summer, logistics managers in Malawi have a new tool at their disposal that will dramatically improve their reporting on health facility commodity stock levels — bringing Malawi one step closer to the goal of saving lives through the reliable availability of medicines and treatments…
November 8, 2017
In early April, heavy rain and floods in Malawi’s Karonga district led to three fatalities, three missing persons, many damaged or destroyed homes, and 712 collapsed pit latrines. About 5,500 residents from 828 affected households were moved into temporary camps. With funding from the U.S.…

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