USAID partners with the Government of Malawi (GOM) to increase the country’s capacity to undertake and sustain uninterrupted supply of life-saving health commodities at the facility and community levels. This includes direct procurement of commodities for voluntary medical male circumcision, malaria, and reproductive health; and secured storage and monthly distribution of anti-malaria and family planning commodities to 600 public health facilities in Malawi. USAID also builds the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Health (MOH) for procurement and supply chain management through seconded advisors at the MOH and training of district health facility staff.
USAID led a multi-donor team to develop the first joint strategy for supply chain integration in Malawi. This strategy serves as a roadmap for integrating the multiple vertical supply chain systems in Malawi into the national system. It is a catalyst for achieving operational efficiencies and cost savings. USAID works alongside the MOH to advocate for full implementation of this strategy.
USAID also works with the MOH to address the chronic shortage of health workers for drug management at health facilities. In 2012, over 1,000 health surveillance assistants were trained to serve as drug store clerks as a short-term measure. Meanwhile, USAID funds the training of Pharmacy Assistants at the Malawi College of Medicine, with the goal of increasing and strengthening the supply chain workforce. These Pharmacy Assistants assume responsibility for supply chain management of health commodities at health facilities, contributing to improved management and security of commodities.
It is critical to ensure the availability of and access to life-saving medicines at all service delivery points. To this end, USAID provides technical assistance to the MOH to maintain a functional logistics management information system. This enables health facilities to collect, report, and transmit drug consumption data to the district and national levels on a monthly basis. As a result, estimates of drug needs and resupply quantities are more accurate, reducing the risk of stockouts and expired drugs.
Increasing access to health commodities for improved health outcomes
Funding (FY 2013)
- Government of Malawi
- John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
- Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PfSCM)
- Population Services International (PSI)
Last updated: September 12, 2014