PROVIDING ACCESS TO LIFESAVING MEDICINES
Cost-effective, reliable, secure supply chains can save millions of lives. The Supply Chain Management System (SCMS), funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)/USAID, has virtually eliminated central-level stock-outs of AIDS medicines and supplies in PEPFAR-supported countries and helped to reduce the annual cost of antiretroviral medicines. In 2015, SCMS procured 70 percent of the drugs that go to treat 5.7 million patients in 25 countries.
Over the life of the project, the average price of antiretroviral drugs dropped to around $110 per patient, per year. To build local capacity, SCMS trains and certifies local country partners on best practices for maintaining international standards for medicine quality, transportation, and storage, and identifies local sources to secure high-quality medicines where possible. Stockouts, overstocks, expired and low-quality medicines, and waste due to weak supply chain management are far less likely. Thousands of lives have been—and will be—saved.
SCMS, established in 2005, supplies lifesaving medicines to HIV & AIDS programs around the world and is led by the Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM), a nonprofit organization established by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and John Snow, Inc.