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.

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Mother and child health services in Ghana
Mother and child health services in Ghana
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Photo Credit: GHSC-PSM/Bobby Neptune
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Goals
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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

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
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MNCH Investments Map

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Strategic Partnerships
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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.

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News & Highlights

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August 3, 2020
Meet Veronica Finu, midwife at Adawso Health Center in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Labor is her favorite part of her job. To ensure safe delivery for the mothers in her care, she must have quality oxytocin on hand. Oxytocin manages bleeding during and after childbirth, but must be kept cold to…
Success Stories
June 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.…
News Article
June 20, 2020
The End-User Verification (EUV) Survey is a tool that captures facility-level stock data for GHSC-PSM and PMI in 16 countries. Our country teams are the heartbeat of the EUV, so we have recently established an EUV Working Group (EUV WG) to ensure we capture the needs, experience and insights of our…

Success Stories

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.…
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.…