Getting meds to sick kids at the end of the supply chain

  Imagine you are a mother living in a remote village and have to walk for hours carrying your sick baby or toddler every time your child needed care. Would you go at the slightest sign of a cold or fever, or would you wait and hope for the best? Would you recognize the point … Continue reading “Getting meds to sick kids at the end of the supply chain”

We must correct imbalanced global investments within the world of immunization

In recent years, the world of immunization has been dominated by a focus on life-saving vaccines and the prevention of individual diseases. The global community has launched what is being called the “Decade of Vaccines.” Not a week goes by without a major medical journal publishing articles with exciting news on the development, efficacy, value, supply, and financing of new vaccines.

Reliable Family Planning Supply Chain Delivers Better Health and Prosperity to Ethiopian Families

Access to family planning empowers couples, like Birtukan and her husband, to plan and maintain healthier families. After the challenge of breastfeeding her first child and carrying her second at the same time, Birtukan turned to family planning methods to choose the right time to bring a third child into her life.

Delivering Nets to those who Need them Most

Malaria continues to be one of the leading causes of child deaths around the world, despite the availability of low cost interventions to prevent those deaths. According to USAID, the disease causes an estimated 700,000 deaths annually, with nearly 90% of the illness and death caused by malaria occurring among children under five years of … Continue reading “Delivering Nets to those who Need them Most”

On the road with SCMS, Part One: In Nigeria, PEPFAR partners pool procurement of life-saving commodities

In this three part series, Jay Heavner, Director of Knowledge Sharing and Communication at Supply Chain Management System (SCMS), highlights his experiences visiting three countries in Africa to observe SCMS project sites. On a documentation tour of Nigeria earlier this month, I visited sites in four states plus the capital, Abuja, to document the progress … Continue reading “On the road with SCMS, Part One: In Nigeria, PEPFAR partners pool procurement of life-saving commodities”

In Ethiopia, supply chains are a smart investment for public health

A pharmacist by training, Yodit Assefa will complete her Master Degree in Public Health this year. Her long-term goal is to contribute to the vision of an HIV-free generation in Ethiopia. As a procurement specialist with PEPFAR’s SCMS project, I am one of a growing number of women working in supply chain management in Ethiopia.  … Continue reading “In Ethiopia, supply chains are a smart investment for public health”