Supply Chain Management System: Our Impact

{Photo credit: MSH}Photo credit: MSH

Throughout Côte d'Ivoire, more than 110,000 HIV & AIDS patients receive anti-retroviral drugs. These patients rely on a smoothly functioning supply chain that allows medicines to reach local health centers in a timely manner. When recent assessments identified that many sites within the country were not receiving drugs as scheduled, the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS), managed by Management Sciences for Health in Côte d'Ivoire, began identifying challenges and mobilizing solutions.

 {Photo credit: Jiro Ose, SCMS}An Ethiopian warehouse after support from SCMS, USAID and PEPFAR.Photo credit: Jiro Ose, SCMS

The Ethiopian government is undertaking a bold initiative to ensure that medicinal supply and access are available throughout the country. A major challenge is reaching a population whose majority lives in rural areas. Through a series of centralized and regional hubs, this initiative aims to serve thousands of health centers all over the country and overcome the hurdle to reaching patients. Achieving this aim is a complex undertaking, which is becoming increasingly more so as the diversity and volume of medicines regularly expands.

Washington, DC − InterAction and the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) along with FedEx organized an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the first year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed an estimated three hundred thousands people.

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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).

Andualem Mohammed, SCMS advisor. Photo Credit: Margaret Hartley.MSH: Please tell me about your background and how you became interested in public health. I am from Ethiopia, and I joined Management Sciences for Health (MSH) as an employee seconded to a Missionaries of Charity orphanage for HIV-positive children, where I became the head of the pharmacy. But I wanted an opportunity to help millions of people instead of hundreds, so I joined the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) Project as Quantification and Supply Planning Advisor.MSH: What is your role at MSH?

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