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
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.
- GHSC-PSM promotes best practices in commodity management to improve the quality of oxytocin for PPH prevention and treatment. At the global level, this includes developing an oxytocin quality framework, publishing peer-reviewed technical guidance, and collaborating with WHO, UNFPA, and UNICEF to issue a guidance statement on storage and management for oxytocin.
- The project also helps implement best practices in countries like Ghana for procuring, transporting, and storing oxytocin to keep it cold and ensure its quality.
- With GHSC-PSM publication of periodic MNCH supply chain updates, the quality assured medicines guide, and the PPH procurement guide in several languages, supply chain professionals around the world have the information they need to procure reliable MNCH products.