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.

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Zika-related Activities
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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.

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Ebola-related Activities
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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

News Article
May 8, 2020
USAID’s Midterm Review of the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project reaffirmed the project’s progress in strengthening supply chains and success in providing much-needed access to essential medicines. GHSC-PSM was created to “ensure…
Success Stories
February 14, 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…
Video
November 25, 2019
In our support  to USAID, PEPFAR and the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative in more than 60 countries, we work with partners like IBM to use technology to build smarter and more efficient supply chains, helping to improve lives. Check out the video to see how we work together to do so.

Success Stories

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…
March 14, 2019
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January 25, 2019
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