Global Health Fact Sheet: Supply Chain Management System (2013)

USAID’s Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) saves lives by providing critical medical supplies to those in need.  SCMS activities are focused on ensuring the provision of the highest quality antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and other HIV/AIDS commodities through needs assessments, forecasting, procurement, shipping, warehousing, and distribution at the national level.  Locally, SCMS improves infrastructure, provides technical assistance, and improves the ability of clinics to manage supplies to ensure proper storage and management.  
Since the January 2010 earthquake, SCMS has provided commodities for relief response and assisted the Pan American Health Organization-managed essential medicines warehouse (PROMESS) ―the Government of Haiti (GOH) warehouse and distribution system for medical commodities.  SCMS remains involved with the overall response against cholera, primarily by purchasing and distributing related commodities.  SCMS operates throughout Haiti’s 10 geographical departments, providing services through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) sites.
SCMS aims to establish and operate a safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable supply chain to procure, manage, and distribute pharmaceuticals and other products needed to provide care and treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS and related infections.  
SCMS procures commodities related to HIV/AIDS testing, care, and treatment for PEPFAR-supported countries worldwide, including Haiti. Commodities include ARV and opportunistic infection drugs, rapid test kits, laboratory equipment, and other miscellaneous equipment. The majority of these commodities are purchased on the world market by the SCMS central system, thus achieving cost savings through economies of scale and preferred pricing.  SCMS handles importation, warehousing, and distribution to approximately 176 USAID/Haiti- and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-supported health service delivery facilities throughout Haiti.
Anticipated Results
  • USAID’s Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) ensures the availability of pharmaceuticals and HIV commodities for the treatment of more than 20,000 HIV/AIDS patients at more than 42 PEPFAR sites.
    • In the earthquake response, SCMS redirected essential medicines and health commodities for the humanitarian response and provided technical and logistical support to PROMESS, the principal agency for the provision of essential medicines and medical supplies in Haiti.  
    • During the cholera outbreak, SCMS distributed cholera kits—sufficient to treat more than 11,000 patients—and 60,000 bags of ringer’s lactate—sufficient to treat 6,000 severe to moderate cholera cases.  
Additional Program Information
Budget:  $23.5 million 
Life of Project: June 2006 – September 2015
Implementing Partner: Partnership for Supply Chain Management System (PFSCM)

Last updated: August 14, 2015

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