As countries strive to meet short- and long-term health goals, the need for medicines and medical devices required to reduce the global burden of common maternal and childhood illnesses has increased. But none of these goals can be realized without a dependable public health supply chain—the complicated system that gets medicines and supplies from where they are manufactured to the people who need them and are often a world away.
Drawing from the results-based forecasting for Mozambique’s Central de Medicamentos e Artigos Médicos (CMAM) conducted by the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, JSI’s Brian Serumaga weighs in with recommendations on how the widely contested central medical store model can be improved.
Public health specialists in developing nations are urgently seeking innovative ways to stretch resources to provide more results. Performance-based financing (PBF) has gained prominence as a possible solution because of its emphasis on paying for results rather than inputs. The basis of PBF is that cash or non-monetary benefits are offered in return for measurable actions or the achievement of a defined target.