USAID's Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) Awarded

CAMBRIDGE, MA (SEPTEMBER 27,2005) — The Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PSCM) has been awarded a U.S. government contract to procure and deliver life-saving medicines and medical supplies to treat HIV/AIDS patients worldwide. The contract for the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) project was awarded through the U.S. Agency for International Development as part of the U.S. government's five-year, $15 billion President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

The Supply Chain Management System project is a five-year initiative designed to support the Emergency Plan's goal of treating two million people living with AIDS. The contract provides flexible options for meeting the needs of organizations in the field by allowing for increased procurement of HIV/AIDS medicines and supplies for both U.S. and other international organizations, and additional technical assistance for strengthening in-country logistics systems as services scale up.

The new initiative will operate a safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable supply chain to procure and distribute pharmaceuticals and other commodities needed to provide care and treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS and related infections. Importantly, SCMS will assist in improving capacity of national supply chains, in order to ensure long-term sustainability of distribution systems in participating countries.

PSCM, a nonprofit organization established by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) & JSI Research & Training Institute (JSI), leads a team that mirrors the constellation of organizations that must be drawn into a coordinated response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, including nonprofit organizations, commercial private sector corporations, academic institutions, and faith-based organizations.