Improving Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

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The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project strives to impact global maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) outcomes by providing support to governments and partners to improve supply chains and deliver medicines and supplies that treat and prevent:

  • Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH)
  • Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
  • Birth asphyxia
  • Diarrhea, pneumonia, and Possible Severe Bacterial Infections (PSBI)
  • Transmission of the Zika virus

Check out the GHSC-PSM MNCH overview fact sheet and webpage to learn how and where the project is carrying out USAID’s priorities for improved maternal, newborn and child health outcomes.

GHSC-PSM’s activities to support mothers, newborns and children target the following outcomes:

Improved availability of MNCH commodities through targeted procurement. In some contexts, GHSC-PSM facilitates the delivery of products on behalf of other partners including cholera commodities in Haiti and the coordination of a transfer of a large stock of oxytocin between the governments of Madagascar and Malawi.

More timely and accurate MNCH data collection, visibility, and use to inform decision-making for better health outcomes.By supporting national governments to improve their logistics management information systems, data collection processes, and data collector and analyst training, countries like Malawi have greater visibility on the stock levels of MNCH commodities in the supply chain.

With improved data, GHSC-PSM implements  a modernized solution for country-led quantification that includes practical guidance for forecasting and supply planning for MNCH commodities. Lastly, GHSC-PSM supports supply chain stakeholders by developing robust analytics tools that project-supported countries use alongside eLMIS to inform MNCH commodity management decisions. The project has curated these tools into a catalog and refactors select tools, making them more widely usable. 

Improved quality across procurement, storage and distribution for MNCH commodities.GHSC-PSM is exploring the role domestic pharmaceutical wholesalers play in increasing the availability of quality MNCH products in the private and public sector. The project has looked at the capacity and barriers of private wholesalers supplying maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) commodities in Mozambique and Zambia and provided support to the national wholesalers association in Zambia, the Zambia Pharmaceutical Business Forum (ZPBF) 

Improved coordination and collaboration among national and sub-national partners, programs and donors.GHSC-PSM has established and participated in MNCH supply chain committees that allow for dialogue and coordination of supply chain activities. Countries like Nigeria have employed new approaches to collaborate across stakeholders to address supply chain challenges that hinder the availability of critical commodities that support MNCH programs.

Improved technical resources and collaboration on global MNCH guidelines.