Malaria

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Mother & Child with Malaria Netting in Tanzania
Mother & Child with Malaria Netting in Tanzania
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Photo Credit: Maggie Hallahan
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Over the past 15 years, the global health community has achieved the remarkable feat of reducing the rate of malaria deaths by 57 percent. In sub-Saharan Africa, malaria no longer is the leading cause of mortality in children under the age of 5. Yet this disease still claims the lives of nearly 500,000 children every year (WHO 2015 Malaria Report).

The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project strives to reduce the burden of malaria in keeping with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and USAID’s maternal and child health and infectious disease goals. Strong malaria supply chains ensure that the global community can respond to changing on-the-ground health needs and evolving care guidelines.

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Core Activities
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Building on a decade of work by PMI, USAID, and implementing partners to strengthen local capacity in malaria supply chains, GHSC-PSM works with local partners to provide new approaches to strategic planning, logistics, data visibility and analytics, and capacity building, along with technical leadership to strengthen the global supply, demand, financing, and introduction of existing and future malaria commodities.

The project supports local partners to forecast and quantify their needs in all health areas, and to strengthen their logistics management and distribution systems, including warehousing, transport, and distribution systems.

Currently, USAID missions in 16 countries have requested a mix of technical assistance and commodity procurement support from the project. Current country presence includes: Angola, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Ghana, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Regional Development Mission for Asia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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Key Commodities
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Key commodities include:
 

  • Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs)
  • Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs)
  • Sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine
  • Severe Malaria medicines
  • Other pharmaceutical products
  • Long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs)
  • All other non-pharmaceuticals
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Global Goals
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GHSC-PSM supports PMI's and USAID’s implementation of malaria programs through the procurement, management, and delivery of high-quality, safe, and effective malaria commodities. When it was launched in 2005, the PMI goal was to reduce malaria-related mortality by 50 percent across 15 high-burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa through a rapid scale-up of four proven and highly effective malaria prevention and treatment measures: insecticide-treated mosquito nets; indoor residual spraying; accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies; and intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women.

Given the program’s success, in 2011 four new countries in sub-Saharan Africa and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia were added. PMI subsequently developed a 2015-2020 strategy, which aims to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity toward the long-term goal of elimination.

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Strategic Partnerships
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USAID is committed to sharing data, information, knowledge, and supply chain best practices through GHSC-PSM. The project leads data collection for the Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report for malaria (PPMRm) to address potential supply challenges and reduce stockouts.

To further strengthen malaria supply chains, the project engages with key partners like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; the Roll Back Malaria Partnership; the World Health Organization; the Clinton Health Access Initiative; and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project’s market dynamics efforts aim to further shape and strengthen the market for LLINs, RDTs, ACTs, and other key commodities. Based on needs identified through market dynamics analysis, GHSC-PSM advocates for changes in policy and practice.

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Tools & Additional Resources
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News & Highlights

Success Stories
June 10, 2020
The pressure to deliver on the urgent need for health commodities using a manual system is overwhelming. Since 2015, Robert Mwaura, a logistician working for the Division of National Malaria Program (DNMP) at the Ministry of Health (MOH) ensures that enough malaria commodities (medicine and testing…
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July 21, 2020
Over the last decade, Ethiopia has made strides in its ongoing battle against malaria. Still, the country’s 2017 Malaria Indicator Survey found that only 64 percent of all households in malaria-endemic zones owned at least one long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net. In 2017, the U.S. President’s…
Success Stories
July 21, 2020
In Ghana, MOH partners with private logistics companies for mass distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets to students Over just two weeks in 2019, third-party logistics (3PL) partners in Ghana helped the Ministry of Health (MOH) distribute close to 1.5 million bed nets to students,…

Success Stories

July 28, 2020
The pressure to deliver on the urgent need for health commodities using a manual system is overwhelming. Since 2015, Robert Mwaura, a logistician working for the Division of National Malaria Program (DNMP) at the Ministry of Health (MOH) ensures that enough malaria commodities (medicine and testing…
July 21, 2020
In Ghana, MOH partners with private logistics companies for mass distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets to students Over just two weeks in 2019, third-party logistics (3PL) partners in Ghana helped the Ministry of Health (MOH) distribute close to 1.5 million bed…
July 15, 2020
During the annual quantification workshop in Mali, the national quantification committee estimates the quantity of a health product needed to meet supply needs across the country. Quantification is a critical tool for guaranteeing access to essential medicines and achieving global health goals.…