Maternal and Child Health

Mother and child health services in Pakistan
Mother and child health services in Pakistan
Photo Credit: USAID Pakistan
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The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project helps the U.S. government and partners reach goals around improved maternal, newborn, and child health outcomes by strengthening supply systems and ensuring commodity security.

We’re dedicated to working with partners worldwide to strengthen the systems that ensure that commodities for mothers, newborns, and children are available when and where they are needed. Strong supply chains and systems also enable countries to better manage emerging threats to mothers and newborns, such as the Zika outbreak in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Core Activities

GHSC-PSM helps ensure the availability of quality maternal and child health and Zika prevention products in public and private services through:

  • Global collaboration
    • 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
  • Strengthening health supply chain systems at the country level
    • Strengthening supply systems and supportive environments for health commodity security
    • Technical assistance to strengthen country supply chain systems


Current activities focus on 15 countries in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, and include a mix of technical assistance and commodity procurement support. Current country presence includes: Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guatemala, Haiti, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Zambia.

Key Commodities

Priority commodities include:

  • Medicines for pregnancy, labor and delivery, and complications of pregnancy such as oxytocin and magnesium sulphate
  • Medicines for essential newborn care, neonatal complications, and child health including for pneumonia and diarrhea, including gentamycin, amoxicillin dispersible tablets, oral rehydration salts, and zinc
  • Mosquito repellent to prevent the transmission of the Zika virus
  • Medical equipment for newborn resuscitation, and basic facility and essential surgical equipment
  • Laboratory diagnostics (e.g., rapid test kits and point of care diagnostics)
  • Medical supplies (gloves, needles and syringes, etc.)
Global Goals

Working with country partners, NGOs, and international partners, the U.S. government plays an important role in the global effort to end preventable child and maternal deaths. Key targets include reducing child deaths to fewer than 25 per 1,000 live births in every country and maternal deaths to a global average of fewer than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030. 

Strategic Partnerships

The project contributes to the U.S. government’s goal of ensuring access to medicines and supplies where and when women and children need them, established under the U.N. Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children (UNCoLSC). The project contributes to and participates in related technical discussions and working groups, such as the Maternal Health Supplies Caucus of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition

News & Highlights

News Article
January 24, 2018
In October 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland, GHSC-PSM, along with the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) and PATH, brought together a diverse coalition of medicine manufacturers, national governments, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and global health practitioners. Their shared…
Success Stories
September 1, 2018
Maintaining proper storage conditions is vital to ensuring the quality of life saving health commodities. Product expiration dates are based on adequate storage conditions, and ensuring these storage conditions helps to protect product quality, and save resources. The challenging task of…
Success Stories
December 2, 2018
Effective medicines regulation is key to promoting and ensuring public health. Medicines regulation incorporates several mutually reinforcing activities and includes licensing of the manufacture, import, export, distribution, promotion and advertising of medicines. Licensing of medicines helps to…

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.…
March 14, 2019
More than 100,000 deaths a year in Africa are linked to counterfeit medicines. Benin, due to its coastal location, is one of the most active “consumers” of counterfeit pharmaceuticals. In 2016, in an effort to improve and protect public health, Benin participated in a joint seizure operation of the…