Zika & Emerging Issues

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Over recent decades, multiple epidemic events have underscored how highly vulnerable world populations are to viral threats. Our world is globally connected, and an emerging threat in one part of the world can pose a threat everywhere and to everyone.

The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project is dedicated to working with partners worldwide to strengthen systems that ensure that commodities are available when and where they are needed most.

Strong supply chains and systems are especially critical to best manage unexpected and emerging health threats such as the recent Zika and Ebola outbreaks.

Zika-related Activities

As part of broader maternal and child health programs, GHSC-PSM supports the availability of Zika prevention products in public and private services by:

  • Creating Global Connections
    • 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
  • Country Systems Strengthening
    • Strengthening supply systems and supportive environments for health commodity security
    • Technical assistance to strengthen in-country supply chain systems

Current activities focus on 7 countries which include: Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, and Nicaragua.

Ebola-related Activities

West Africa was hard hit by the Ebola outbreak, especially Guinea, where unusable medical and pharmaceutical (UMPP) disposal procedures and capacity are not fully developed for the treatment and disposal of UMPP waste.

GHSC-PSM is working with the Ministry of Health in Guinea to develop a waste management and reverse logistics strategy for Ebola-related commodities.

News & Highlights

February 28, 2017
The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program (GHSC) recently hosted more than 240 commodity suppliers, GHSC staff, and partners for a three-day Supplier Summit in Dubai. The Feb. 21-23 event featured our project and two partner projects, GHSC-Quality Assurance and GHSC-Rapid Test Kits, to explore…