Committed to Global Health: A Look Back on the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT
January 4th, 2016 | Viewpoint
January 4th, 2016 | Viewpoint
Since 2006, the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT has worked to improve the health and well-being of communities around the world. Our contributions span the globe and touch all areas of health supply chain management. Over the past nine years, we have supported malaria, family planning, maternal and child health, and emerging pandemic threat programs globally by procuring and delivering U.S. $1.8 billion worth of commodities to 115 countries and providing technical assistance in 73 countries.
By strengthening the systems that get medicines and health products into the hands of clients and patients, we have contributed to better health outcomes for millions of people in low- and middle-income countries. As 2015 comes to a close and we look back on this and previous years of the project, we thank our many partners and collaborators, particularly ministries of health that work with us hand–in–hand to deliver life-saving products and health services to their populations.
The health impact of our efforts has been significant. Through our family planning support, an estimated 1.5 million infant and maternal deaths will have been averted as a result of the contraceptives shipped by the project being used by women and men who needed them. From 2007 to 2015, the contraceptives shipped by the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT had the potential to meet the needs of more than 176 million couples around the world. As a result, an estimated U.S. $2.7 billion in direct healthcare spending was saved by avoiding the direct costs of unintended pregnancy and delivery care, and of treating complications from unsafe abortions.
In Africa, since 2000, malaria mortality rates have fallen by 66 percent among all age groups, and by 71 percent among children under five thanks to the scale-up of effective prevention and treatment programs, to which the project contributes. Among other malaria products, we procured 182.5 million long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets and 447.5 million treatments for malaria.
Our technical assistance efforts have strengthened national institutions through the creation of logistics management units and national capacity through sustainable pre-service training programs. We have helped countries develop and implement innovative solutions to long-standing supply chain challenges through adaptation of vendor-managed inventory systems, implementation of electronic logistics management information systems, contracting out for supply chain services, and development of total market approaches, to name a few.
As we approach our final year of the project, we proudly look back on our many contributions and remain committed to improving global health through supply chain strengthening.
We wish you a happy, healthy, and peaceful 2016.
Written by Edward Wilson