USAID/Zambia Health Office - Global Health Supply Chain - Procurement and Supply Chain Management (GHSC-PSM)

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A mother and her child visit their local health facility to pick up antiretroviral therapy medication.
A mother and her child visit their local health facility to pick up antiretroviral therapy medication.
Photo Courtesy of Chemonics International

Effective procurement and distribution of essential medicines and medical supplies is critical for maintaining the health of Zambia’s citizens. As part of the U.S. government’s worldwide Global Health Initiative, USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project works to ensure an uninterrupted supply of health commodities to and within Zambia. Partnering with the Zambian Government, this activity strengthens logistics information systems and the use of data-driven decision-making, while providing reliable procurement services and technical assistance.

In support of Zambia’s Health Sector Supply-Chain Strategy and Implementation Plan (2019-2021), GHSC-PSM provides direct support to Medical Stores Limited (MSL), an autonomous agency of the Government of Zambia. MSL is responsible for the nationwide storage and distribution of essential drugs and supplies, including HIV and malaria test kits, long-lasting insecticide-treated nets, anti-retroviral drugs, and family-planning commodities. GHSC-PSM’s support includes:

  • building the capacity of Ministry of Health staff to oversee logistics systems and commodity management;
  • support for annual commodity forecasting and quantification processes;

  • procurement and installation of essential infrastructure, including cold rooms, walk-in freezers, pre-fabricated storage units, material- handling equipment, racking, and regional warehouses; and,

  • provision of third-party logistics for transportation of commodity orders from the central warehouse in Lusaka to regional warehouses and provincial hospitals.

  • Life of Project: September 2016 – July 2021
  • Location: National
  • Partners: Chemonics International
  • Chief of Party: Jean-Marc Vander Stichelen
  • USAID/PEPFAR Investment (Life of Project): $10.4 billion worldwide


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