MSH Helps Rebuild Haiti’s Central Pharmaceutical Stores
The earthquake on January 12, 2010 left the central medical stores for the government of Haiti, known as PROMESS (Program on Essential Medicine and Supplies), damaged and the distribution systems bottlenecked. As emergency relief supplies arrived in Haiti, PROMESS' systems were unable to manage the large volume of incoming supplies coupled with the urgent demand for additional drugs and medical supplies.
PROMESS is managed on behalf of the Haitian Ministry of Health by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). PAHO, the US Embassy, the US Department of Health and Human Services, USAID, and the Clinton Foundation launched a major collaborative effort to assist PROMESS out of the crisis. USAID asked the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) project to mobilize a team of supply chain experts to assess PROMESS' status of operations and to propose solutions to develop more effective systems for emergency response and long-term stability.
SCMS is a USAID-funded project that manages warehousing and distribution of HIV & AIDS commodities for the President's Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the country. SCMS is led by the Partnership for Supply Chain Management, a nonprofit organization with 17 international partners established by Cambridge-based Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and Boston-based John Snow, Inc.