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.
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
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).
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.
- Oxytocin Resource Page: Compendium of oxytocin quality research, guidance and resources
- Manual for Procurement and Supply of Quality-Assured Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Commodities: Comprehensive guide for national governments and procurement agents (also in French and Spanish)
- End-Use Verification Survey Toolkit: For data collectors tracing use of critical MNCH commodities to inform health supply chain decision-making
- GHSC-PSM Global Standards resource hub, which includes and these useful considerations for national governments procuring MNCH commodities, Global Standards in LLMICs: Policy Design Considerations to Address Domestic Manufacturer Needs