SCMS: Six years of saving lives through stronger public health supply chains

Download this publicationIn 2005, PEPFAR—through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with JSI—established the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) to provide a reliable, cost-effective and secure supply of products for HIV/AIDS programs in 16 countries. This was no easy task: the countries hardest hit by AIDS, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, lacked basic supply chain infrastructure and systems. Massive scale-up of treatment required a complete transformation of global, regional and national public health supply chains. At the time, many doubted HIV/AIDS commodities could be reliably delivered to the hardest-to-reach areas of the developing world. Public health supply chains were characterized by frequent stockouts, overstocks, expiry and wastage. Indeed, there was no precedent for what SCMS was tasked with achieving.

Six years after the creation of SCMS, what seemed impossible has been accomplished through innovative solutions and the application of industry best practices. SCMS now provides over 71 percent of all anti-retroviral medicines (ARVs) funded by PEPFAR. Read more about the many ways SCMS is strengthening systems and paving the way for an AIDS-free generation. JSI/SCMS, 2012

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