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Supply Chain and Last Mile Distribution

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Conditioning of cold chain reagents for distribution at the Cameroon National Public Health Lab.
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Global Health Supply Chain Program - Procurement and Supply Managment (GHSC - PSM):

Ensures uninterrupted supplies of health commodities in support of U.S. government-funded public health initiatives around the world. To support U.S. government funded global health activities, GHSC-PSM manages an array of health commodity procurement services and provides related systems-strengthening technical assistance encompassing all elements of a comprehensive supply chain.

 In Cameroon, the project provides direct procurement and supply-chain management support to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) under the following five main goals:

1. Support the forecasting and supply planning efforts at the national level.

2. Procure and ship PEPFAR-funded commodities (Antiretrovirals, Viral Load and Early Infant Diagnostic commodities) down to the regional level.

3. Support the National AIDS Council Coordination Committee (NACC) to conduct monthly review and analysis of stock status at the national level including the stock levels from the Regional Funds for Health Promotion (RFHPs) highlighting critical gaps.

4. Work with the Directorate of Pharmacy, Medicines and Laboratories (DPML), the National AIDS Control Committee (NACC) and the Central Medical Store (CENAME) and key stakeholders to prevent and address commodity shortages and stock outs and improve supply chain coordination among key actors, and toward the supply chain transformation initiative.

5. Conduct last mile delivery of available Global Fund, USAID and government of Cameroon HIV/AIDS commodities at operational level.

Global Health Supply Chain Procurement and Supply Management HIV/AIDS Task Order:

Builds supply chain management capacity at the central, regional, district, and health facility level; closely monitors stock-levels for viral load, HIV diagnostics, and ARVs to assure continuous HIV services for current and future patients; and assists in the procurement of commodities to support implementation of the interagency PEPFAR program.

Life is of program: 8 years

Geographic focus: Nationwide

Implementing partner: Chemonics International, Inc.

Global Health Supply Chain Procurement and Supply Management Malaria Task Order (GHSC-PSM):

Contributes to the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) goal of ensuring continual availability of quality malaria products needed for malaria control and elimination at health facilities and community level through:

  • Coaching and improving skills of the Logistics Management Unit (LMU) personnel to improve supply chain coordination, communication and advance the national supply chain governance and transformation.
  • Evolving the current Forecasting & Supply Planning (FASP) capabilities of NMCP to ensure the sustainable practice of determining malaria commodity needs.
  • Enabling the regional and district levels to make real-time analyses and decisions that help them become more responsive and proactive to shifting SDP supply chain needs.
  • Procuring and distributing malaria commodities in the PMI-supported regions (Far North and North).

Life of program: 5 years

Geographic focus: North and Far North Region

Implementing partner: Chemonics International, Inc.

Global Health Supply Chain Procurement Rapid Test Kits (GHSC-RTK):

Procures HIV rapid and self-tests with an on-time delivery of over 85%, communicates with 24 different country representatives in West Africa, and verifies HIV rapid and self-test funding received from the PEPFAR and USAID initiatives. Implementing partner, Remote Medical International, has procured over 109 million rapid and self-tests kits across the life of the project, with over 50 million expected to be delivered in 2018. Our on-time delivery has exceeded 90% since Q1 of 2017, significantly above the target of 85%.

By the end of 2018, Remote Medical International expects to have procured over one million self-test kits, which allow individuals without advanced medical training to administer the test. The demand for HIV self-tests has the potential to grow from one million tests in 2017 to between 12.9 million and 19.3 million by the end of 2020, according to the UNITAID report.

Last updated: July 12, 2022

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