Maternal and Child Health

Mother and child health services in Ghana
Mother and child health services in Ghana
Photo Credit: GHSC-PSM/Bobby Neptune
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The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project helps the U.S. government and partners reach goals around improved maternal, newborn, and child health outcomes by strengthening supply systems and ensuring commodity security.

We’re dedicated to working with partners worldwide to strengthen the systems that ensure that commodities for mothers, newborns, and children are available when and where they are needed. Strong supply chains and systems also enable countries to better manage emerging threats to mothers and newborns, such as the Zika outbreak in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Download our GHSC-PSM Maternal and Child Health fact sheet.

Core Activities

GHSC-PSM helps ensure the availability of quality maternal and child health and Zika prevention products in public and private services through:

  • Global collaboration
    • Technical leadership to strengthen global demand and financing
    • Improving the provision of health commodities through global commodity procurement and logistics
    • Facilitating global collaboration to engage strategically to improve long-term global supply of health commodities
  • Strengthening health supply chain systems at the country level
    • Strengthening supply systems and supportive environments for health commodity security
    • Technical assistance to strengthen country supply chain systems


Current activities focus on 15 countries in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, and include a mix of technical assistance and commodity procurement support. Current country presence includes: Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guatemala, Haiti, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Zambia.

Key Commodities

Priority commodities include:

  • Medicines for pregnancy, labor and delivery, and complications of pregnancy such as oxytocin and magnesium sulphate
  • Medicines for essential newborn care, neonatal complications, and child health including for pneumonia and diarrhea, including gentamycin, amoxicillin dispersible tablets, oral rehydration salts, and zinc
  • Mosquito repellent to prevent the transmission of the Zika virus
  • Medical equipment for newborn resuscitation, and basic facility and essential surgical equipment
  • Laboratory diagnostics (e.g., rapid test kits and point of care diagnostics)
  • Medical supplies (gloves, needles and syringes, etc.)
Global Goals

Working with country partners, NGOs, and international partners, the U.S. government plays an important role in the global effort to end preventable child and maternal deaths. Key targets include reducing child deaths to fewer than 25 per 1,000 live births in every country and maternal deaths to a global average of fewer than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030. 

Strategic Partnerships

The project contributes to the U.S. government’s goal of ensuring access to medicines and supplies where and when women and children need them, established under the U.N. Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children (UNCoLSC). The project contributes to and participates in related technical discussions and working groups, such as the Maternal Health Supplies Caucus of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition

News & Highlights

News Article
May 18, 2020
On May 15, 2020, the Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice published the peer-reviewed article "Oxytocin quality: evidence to support updated global recommendations on oxytocin for postpartum hemorrhage." The article was developed by the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement…
News Article
May 8, 2020
USAID’s Midterm Review of the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project reaffirmed the project’s progress in strengthening supply chains and success in providing much-needed access to essential medicines. GHSC-PSM was created to “ensure…
Photo Essay
May 7, 2020
Doctors and midwives rely on uninterrupted access to medicines and supplies for maternal health, safe labor and deliveries, and for intrapartum conditions like birth asphyxia. Check out this photo essay to learn how access to commodities like well-maintained newborn resuscitation…

Success Stories

March 18, 2020
Burkina Faso faces various health outbreaks every year. From meningitis to measles, to dengue, the list of infectious diseases likely to occur is long and disturbing. With the possibility of such outbreaks, the country is improving prevention and response by: Pre-positioning health commodities…
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.…