Mother & Child with Malaria Netting in Tanzania
Mother & Child with Malaria Netting in Tanzania
Photo Credit: Maggie Hallahan
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Over the past 15 years, the global health community has achieved the remarkable feat of reducing the rate of malaria deaths by 57 percent. In sub-Saharan Africa, malaria no longer is the leading cause of mortality in children under the age of 5. Yet this disease still claims the lives of nearly 500,000 children every year (WHO 2015 Malaria Report).

The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project strives to reduce the burden of malaria in keeping with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and USAID’s maternal and child health and infectious disease goals. Strong malaria supply chains ensure that the global community can respond to changing on-the-ground health needs and evolving care guidelines.

Core Activities

Building on a decade of work by PMI, USAID, and implementing partners to strengthen local capacity in malaria supply chains, GHSC-PSM works with local partners to provide new approaches to strategic planning, logistics, data visibility and analytics, and capacity building, along with technical leadership to strengthen the global supply, demand, financing, and introduction of existing and future malaria commodities.

The project supports local partners to forecast and quantify their needs in all health areas, and to strengthen their logistics management and distribution systems, including warehousing, transport, and distribution systems.

Currently, USAID missions in 16 countries have requested a mix of technical assistance and commodity procurement support from the project. Current country presence includes: Angola, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Ghana, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Regional Development Mission for Asia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Key Commodities

Key commodities include:

  • Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs)
  • Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs)
  • Sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine
  • Severe Malaria medicines
  • Other pharmaceutical products
  • Long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs)
  • All other non-pharmaceuticals
Global Goals

GHSC-PSM supports PMI's and USAID’s implementation of malaria programs through the procurement, management, and delivery of high-quality, safe, and effective malaria commodities. When it was launched in 2005, the PMI goal was to reduce malaria-related mortality by 50 percent across 15 high-burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa through a rapid scale-up of four proven and highly effective malaria prevention and treatment measures: insecticide-treated mosquito nets; indoor residual spraying; accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies; and intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women.

Given the program’s success, in 2011 four new countries in sub-Saharan Africa and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia were added. PMI subsequently developed a 2015-2020 strategy, which aims to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity toward the long-term goal of elimination.

Strategic Partnerships

USAID is committed to sharing data, information, knowledge, and supply chain best practices through GHSC-PSM. The project leads data collection for the Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report for malaria (PPMRm) to address potential supply challenges and reduce stockouts.

To further strengthen malaria supply chains, the project engages with key partners like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; the Roll Back Malaria Partnership; the World Health Organization; the Clinton Health Access Initiative; and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project’s market dynamics efforts aim to further shape and strengthen the market for LLINs, RDTs, ACTs, and other key commodities. Based on needs identified through market dynamics analysis, GHSC-PSM advocates for changes in policy and practice.

Tools & Additional Resources

News & Highlights

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.
December 11, 2019
Jean Paul Hategekimana is a dedicated husband, father, educator, and laboratory manager at Nyagatare Hospital in Eastern Province, Rwanda. He and his family live in an area with high rates of malaria. With support from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, through the USAID Global Health Supply…
News Article
November 15, 2019
The Global Health Supply Chain Summit took place November 20-22, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. GHSC-PSM presented on the following: Track 8: Accessibility Presentation: Piloting unmanned aerial vehicles for health commodity transportation and delivery in remote settings (presented by…

Success Stories

September 24, 2019
In Guinea, challenges in establishing regulations to govern the pharmaceutical sector have allowed for unregulated and illicit private pharmacies to proliferate. The presence of these establishments increases a patient’s risk of receiving counterfeit or low-quality medicines.…
September 17, 2019
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