How Supply Chain Impacts Newborn and Child Health Commodity Availability in Liberia and Mali

Authored on
July 20, 2020

To improve newborn and child health (NBCH) outcomes, skilled health care workers require quality-assured NBCH medicines and supplies at the point of care. In Liberia and Mali, the availability of three particular commodities — amoxicillin dispersible tablets, co-packaged oral rehydration salts and zinc, and newborn resuscitation equipment — is limited despite their critical role in newborn and child health.

The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project works with the Governments of Liberia and Mali to improve access to these commodities and in January and February 2020, the project conducted assessments to determine which supply chain factors impact their availability to health workers at the point of care.

Findings from the two assessments are shared in the reports and briefs linked below, including how existing policies, financing, data collection, supply planning, and warehousing and distribution practices may affect availability. The briefs summarize findings and highlight GHSC-PSM recommendations to address potential barriers to availability of the NBCH commodities in both countries.



December 28, 2020