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

November 30, 2022
Join many of GHSC-PSM’s specialists from around the globe Nov 30-Dec 2 at the 2022 Global Health Supply Chain Summit in Dakar, Senegal! Presentations: Mariya Saleh | GHSC-PSM in Nigeria. "The Drug Revolving Fund Scheme: A Catalytic Intervention for Improving Access to Medicines in Nigeria"…
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November 11, 2022
GHSC-PSM is presenting six of its global and country-focused activities at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP 2022) - November 14-17 in Pattaya, Thailand. This annual event features experts from around the globe dedicated to ensuring access to family planning commodities for…
News Article
October 11, 2022
The People That Deliver Global Indaba is taking place from the 12th of October, 2022 to the 13th. GHSC-PSM will be presenting on the following: Breakout Session 1: Motivation for Supply Chain Management Presentation: Achieving results through simple motivation strategies: expanding family…

Success Stories

July 15, 2022
Many medications and medical products are susceptible to heat, humidity, and other circumstances. Zimbabwe’s temperatures range seasonally between six and 38 degrees Celsius (42-100 degrees Fahrenheit), and humidity can vary between 42 percent and 75 percent, presenting a significant challenge to…
August 2, 2022
The roll-out of the Warehouse Management System (WMS) WarehouseExpert to all seven provincial hubs has been pivotal in strengthening the capacity of the Zambia Medicines and Medical Supplies Agency (ZAMMSA) The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply…
August 2, 2022
The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project organized a three-day training in Lagos on November 1-3, 2021 for 7 officials from the Family Health Department (FHD), National Product Supply Chain Management Program and the United Nations Population…