Maternal and Child Health

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The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project operates worldwide to strengthen supply chain systems to improve the availability of quality medicines and medical supplies. The project includes a dedicated workstream that targets commodities to address health threats to mothers, newborns, and children and for Zika-related prevention.

Mother and child health services in Ghana
Mother and child health services in Ghana
Photo Credit: GHSC-PSM/Bobby Neptune
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Working with national governments, NGOs, and other partners, GHSC-PSM contributes to the global effort to prevent child and maternal deaths and seeks to: 

- Reduce child deaths to fewer than 25 per 1,000 live births in every country.

- Reduce maternal deaths to a global average of fewer than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030.

GHSC-PSM strengthens supply chains for maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) commodities through the following technical assistance and procurement activities in 23 countries:

  • Increasing the supply of quality-assured MNCH commodities
  • Strengthening in-country supply chains by using commodity supply data for decision making; improving adherence to quality standards across procurement, storage, and distribution; and coordinating governments, partners, and other stakeholders to support a government-led health supply chain in country
  • Contributing to the global knowledge base of supply chain policies and recommendations to improve MNCH supply chains and long-term supply of MNCH commodities
Commodities for MNCH

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Combatting and Preparing for Emerging Threats

Strong supply chains 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. GHSC-PSM began supporting Zika response and preparedness efforts in 2017. In addition to emergency procurement of commodities to reduce Zika transmission, the project has conducted emergency supply chain workshops in the region using the Emergency Supply Chain Playbook.

For a summary of GHSC-PSM’s MNCH work, download our fact sheet or visit our Improving Maternal and Child Health key initiative page (under development).

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Where We Work

MNCH Investments Map

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. 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.

In all countries, the project prioritizes coordination with national programs and technical working groups to develop strategies that incorporate MNCH issues. GHSC-PSM also collaborates with other in-country partners, service delivery projects and key stakeholders to ensure MNCH commodities are available when and where they are needed.

Tools & Additional Resources

News & Highlights

News Article
September 13, 2021
Djélika Doumbia remembers how frightening it was to rush her newborn son, Karim, to the hospital shortly after bringing him home.  He had fallen very ill due to an umbilical cord infection. While waiting anxiously at the hospital, a health worker explained that using shea butter on the cord…
August 18, 2021
When COVID-19 limited both international and local travel, GHSC-PSM adapted its technical support activities to this new reality. Adapting to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic required flexibility, creativity and new and old technologies. In this series of articles from GHSC-PSM, we document how…
News Article
July 21, 2021
This is the fourth in a series about how GHSC-PSM adapted its programming to the new COVID-19 environment. Check out the first, second and third installments. To maintain the safety of project staff, health facility staff and patients, GHSC-PSM adapted its programming in many countries to…

Success Stories

February 28, 2021
Collaboration is one hallmark of a successful development project. It allows for capacity building, knowledge sharing, and improved efficiency in activity implementation. For the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, the End Use Verification…
September 22, 2020
Supply chain systems thrive on quality assurance across the pipeline to optimize service delivery. In Kenya, USAID’s Afya Ugavi Activity provides technical and logistical support in strengthening health commodity supply chain systems for HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and FP/RMNCAH programs at national and…
September 10, 2020
Supportive supervision is a process of helping staff to continuously improve their own work performance. It is carried out in a respectful and non-authoritarian way with a focus on using supervisory visits to improve knowledge and skills of health staff. Beginning in provinces with reported COVID-…