From Local Decisions to Global Markets: A symposium on key trends in HIV/AIDS supply chains

Related Global Health Areas
October 20, 2017
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The 19th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) took place December 4-9 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. GHSC-PSM hosted this workshop on Friday, December 8 from 7-8 am.

The next few years will be a period of rapid change in the supply of HIV/AIDS commodities. New ARVs will come on the market and replace older regimens. Market shaping for HIV rapid test kits and the introduction of HIV self-testing have the potential to transform the HIV testing market. HIV programs are moving rapidly to scale up viral load testing to support reaching global 90-90-90 targets. As a result of these and other changes in the market, supply chain managers will be increasingly challenged to forecast need, maintain adequate stock, time shipments appropriately, and communicate emergency needs to USAID and other global procurers.

In this interactive workshop, participants learned about key USAID objectives and programming, and shared how local programs and decisions can impact global goals and markets. This session was particularly designed for country-level partners, including ministry of health staff, logisticians, and implementers. 

Topics covered:

  • New ARVs
  • RTK market shaping
  • HIV self-testing
  • Viral load scale up

Speakers included:

  • Anita Deshpande, acting manager for market dynamics, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project
  • Joshua Pineda, procurement and logistics manager, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Rapid Test Kit (GHSC-RTK) project
  • Dr. Clement Ndongmo, senior technical laboratory and VMMC advisor, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project

Click here to download the presentation slides from this event.