USAID Malawi Health Commodity Supply Chain Fact Sheet


USAID works with the Government of Malawi to maintain an uninterrupted supply of life-saving health commodities in facilities and communities.  USAID’s efforts include direct procurement of voluntary medical male circumcision, anti-malaria, and family planning commodities; and secured storage and monthly distribution of anti-malaria and family planning commodities to all of the over 600 public health facilities in Malawi.  Furthermore, USAID builds 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.

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Distribution of medicines to health facilities around the shore of Lake Malawi.
Cargo Management Logistics (CML)


  • 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 multiple vertical supply chain systems in Malawi into the national system, and as a catalyst for achieving operational efficiencies and cost savings. USAID continues to work alongside the MoH and advocate for full implementation of this strategy.
  • USAID works to address the chronic shortage of health workers for drug management at health facilities.  Over 1,000 health surveillance assistants were trained in 2012 to serve as drug store clerks as a short-term measure. Meanwhile, USAID is increasing the supply chain workforce by training 98 Pharmacy Assistants at the Malawi College of Health Sciences. These Pharmacy Assistants will go on to work in facilities and assume responsibility for supply chain management of health commodities, contributing to their improved management and security.
  • USAID provides technical assistance to the MoH to maintain a functional Logistics Management Information system, which enables health facilities to collect, report, and transmit drug consumption data to the district and national levels on a monthly basis. This allows for accurate estimates of drug needs and resupply quantities, reducing risk of stockouts and expiries. 
  • In 2015, USAID will  address the acute shortage of commodity storage space in public health facilities through the procurement and installation of pre-fabricated storage units at priority sites, thus increasing the availability of life-saving medicines through improved storage and management practices.

Key Message

USAID is increasing access to health commodities for improved health outcomes.

Funding (FY14)

$20.3 million


  • Ministry of Health
  • John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
  • Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PfSCM)
  • Population Services International (PSI)

Geographic Location


USAID Contact

Peter Halpert, Health Office Chief

Last updated: April 08, 2015

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