Malaria

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Mother & Child with Malaria Netting in Tanzania
Mother & Child with Malaria Netting in Tanzania
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Photo Credit: Maggie Hallahan
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Over the past 15 years, the global health community has achieved the remarkable feat of reducing the rate of malaria deaths by 57 percent. In sub-Saharan Africa, malaria no longer is the leading cause of mortality in children under the age of 5. Yet this disease still claims the lives of nearly 500,000 children every year (WHO 2015 Malaria Report).

The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project strives to reduce the burden of malaria in keeping with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and USAID’s maternal and child health and infectious disease goals. Strong malaria supply chains ensure that the global community can respond to changing on-the-ground health needs and evolving care guidelines.

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Core Activities
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Building on a decade of work by PMI, USAID, and implementing partners to strengthen local capacity in malaria supply chains, GHSC-PSM works with local partners to provide new approaches to strategic planning, logistics, data visibility and analytics, and capacity building, along with technical leadership to strengthen the global supply, demand, financing, and introduction of existing and future malaria commodities.

The project supports local partners to forecast and quantify their needs in all health areas, and to strengthen their logistics management and distribution systems, including warehousing, transport, and distribution systems.

Currently, USAID missions in 16 countries have requested a mix of technical assistance and commodity procurement support from the project. Current country presence includes: Angola, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Ghana, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Regional Development Mission for Asia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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Key Commodities
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Key commodities include:
 

  • Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs)
  • Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs)
  • Sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine
  • Severe Malaria medicines
  • Other pharmaceutical products
  • Long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs)
  • All other non-pharmaceuticals
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Global Goals
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GHSC-PSM supports PMI's and USAID’s implementation of malaria programs through the procurement, management, and delivery of high-quality, safe, and effective malaria commodities. When it was launched in 2005, the PMI goal was to reduce malaria-related mortality by 50 percent across 15 high-burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa through a rapid scale-up of four proven and highly effective malaria prevention and treatment measures: insecticide-treated mosquito nets; indoor residual spraying; accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies; and intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women.

Given the program’s success, in 2011 four new countries in sub-Saharan Africa and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia were added. PMI subsequently developed a 2015-2020 strategy, which aims to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity toward the long-term goal of elimination.

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Strategic Partnerships
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USAID is committed to sharing data, information, knowledge, and supply chain best practices through GHSC-PSM. The project leads data collection for the Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report for malaria (PPMRm) to address potential supply challenges and reduce stockouts.

To further strengthen malaria supply chains, the project engages with key partners like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; the Roll Back Malaria Partnership; the World Health Organization; the Clinton Health Access Initiative; and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project’s market dynamics efforts aim to further shape and strengthen the market for LLINs, RDTs, ACTs, and other key commodities. Based on needs identified through market dynamics analysis, GHSC-PSM advocates for changes in policy and practice.

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Tools & Additional Resources
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News & Highlights

Success Stories
December 30, 2021
With an increase in COVID-19 cases during the second quarter of 2021, Thailand and Lao PDR tightened its border controls, which impacted a planned shipment of 70,000 USAID GHSC-PSM-procured long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) that was supposed to arrive in Vientiane, Lao PDR via Bangkok by the…
Innovations
December 28, 2021
While Thailand has an effective online Malaria Information System (MIS), most malaria commodity stock reports are still paper based, which limits the ability to capture real-time, accurate stock data. Working with the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD), USAID GHSC-PSM supported the…
Success Stories
December 3, 2021
The roll-out of the Warehouse Management System (WMS) WarehouseExpert to all seven provincial hubs has been pivotal in strengthening the capacity of the Zambia Medicines and Medical Supplies Agency (ZAMMSA) The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM)…

Success Stories

January 3, 2022
With an increase in COVID-19 cases during the second quarter of 2021, Thailand and Lao PDR tightened its border controls, which impacted a planned shipment of 70,000 USAID GHSC-PSM-procured long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) that was supposed to arrive in Vientiane, Lao PDR via Bangkok by the…
December 8, 2021
The roll-out of the Warehouse Management System (WMS) WarehouseExpert to all seven provincial hubs has been pivotal in strengthening the capacity of the Zambia Medicines and Medical Supplies Agency (ZAMMSA) The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply…
November 12, 2021
Octávio Longuenza is not one to shy away from tough jobs. He spends up to three months working underground in the diamond mines in Angola’s Lunda-sul Province, followed by three months above ground working other jobs, including as a driver to deliver malaria supplies to communities in Lunda-sul.…