Improving Maternal and Child Health

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The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project strives to impact global maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) outcomes by providing support to governments and partners to improve supply chains and deliver medicines and supplies that treat and prevent:

  • Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH)
  • Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
  • Birth asphyxia
  • Childhood diarrhea and pneumonia
  • Transmission of the Zika virus

Check out the GHSC-PSM MNCH overview fact sheet and webpage to learn how and where the project is carrying out USAID’s priorities for improved maternal, newborn and child health outcomes.

GHSC-PSM’s activities to support mothers, newborns and children target the following outcomes:

Improved availability of MNCH commodities through targeted procurement. 

In select instances, GHSC-PSM procures MNCH commodities to fulfill supply shortages or support the introduction of a new product, like mosquito repellent to prevent Zika in Haiti or chlorhexidine for newborn cord care.

More timely and accurate MNCH data collection, visibility, and use to inform decision-making for better health outcomes.

By supporting national governments to improve their logistics management information systems, data collection processes, and data collector and analyst training, countries like Malawi have greater visibility on the stock levels of MNCH commodities in the supply chain.

Improved quality across procurement, storage and distribution for MNCH commodities.

GHSC-PSM is exploring the role domestic pharmaceutical wholesalers play in increasing the availability of quality MNCH products in the private and public sector. The project also supports cold chain improvements for oxytocin storage and distribution.

Improved coordination and collaboration among national and sub-national partners, programs and donors.

GHSC-PSM has established and participated in MNCH supply chain committees that allow for dialogue and coordination of supply chain activities. Countries like Nigeria have employed new approaches to collaborate across stakeholders to address supply chain challenges that hinder the availability of critical commodities that support MNCH programs.

Increased technical resources and collaboration on global MNCH guidelines.