Zambia

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Country Approach
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The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project is supporting USAID in Zambia to improve availability and access to lifesaving health commodities through procurement, distribution, and supply chain technical assistance. Building on achievements of the predecessor projects, we are addressing remaining gaps in capacity for supply chain management. We will work with key local partners to strategically review supply chain operations and refine approaches for improved performance and increased efficiency. Through this work, GHSC-PSM aims to increase country ownership to transition supply chain responsibilities to the government in a responsible way.

GHSC-PSM seeks to strengthen the capacity of the Zambian government to develop sustainable systems for ensured availability and security of vital health commodities by achieving the following five objectives:

 

  • Strengthen logistics information systems to provide critical data for informed supply chain decision-making
  • Increase Zambian government ownership to lead quantification and procurement planning processes
  • Provide cost-effective, reliable procurement services and technical assistance to the Zambian government
  • Improve effectiveness and efficiency in warehousing and distribution
  • Increase innovation for strategic management and planning for improved commodity security
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Key Commodities
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  • antiretrovirals (ARVs)
  • artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs)
  • condoms
  • HIV-related laboratory commodities
  • long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs)
  • malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs)
  • oral contraceptives

 

Note: HIV rapid test kits (RTKs) are also procured through the GHSC-Rapid Test Kits project.

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Activity Highlights
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Key activities in Zambia include:

 

  • Improve coordination among all stakeholders to leverage resources for optimal impact and reduce duplication of commodities and supply chain strengthening activities
  • Promote innovative solutions for sustainable supply chain operations
  • Work with the Ministry of Health and key supply chain partners to review quantification practices and develop a strategy to standardize processes for increased capacity and a consistent appropriate supply of quantities
  • Support short-, medium-, and long-term strategic management and planning and resource mobilization to invest properly and meet demands of a steadily growing supply chain
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Strategic Engagement
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GHSC-PSM in Zambia is working closely with the Ministry of Health, Medical Stores Limited, and other partners to design interventions that will addresses today’s challenges and plan for tomorrow’s needs.

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