Country Approach

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.

Key Commodities
  • 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.

Activity Highlights

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
Strategic Engagement

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

August 9, 2022
A 2014 assessment of public health facilities in Malawi found that the vast majority had less than half of the pharmacy storage space needed to meet demand, a situation that would only get worse as the population grew.   Between 2016 and 2017, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS…
June 21, 2022
Fanny Mdeba, 24, of Blantyre, failed to receive treatment after being diagnosed with malaria last year, at Zingwangwa Health Centre due to the unavailability of malaria medication. However, this year, she could get treated. "I felt feverish earlier this year," she said. "I went to the…
June 21, 2022
Malawi’s rural population makes up about 82 percent of the entire population. Reaching them with medicine can be a significant challenge as 72 percent of the country’s roads are unpaved and dirt roads making travel by road difficult and often dangerous. The country saw an average of 5,592 traffic…