For people with HIV/AIDS in developing countries, cost-effective, reliable, secure and sustainable supply chains can save millions of lives. For more than six years, the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) has been saving lives through stronger supply chains.
In this issue - Why are our most vulnerable HIV/AIDS patients the hardest to reach?
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that over the last decade antiretroviral treatment (ART) scale-up in low- and middle-income countries has saved an estimated 4.2 million lives, and prevented an estimated 800,000 child infections. Yet in the worldwide effort to provide HIV/AIDS relief, pediatric treatment lags behind adults.
This issue focuses on how pediatric patients remain among the most challenging to treat.
Health Care Waste Management (HCWM) visual aids: SCMS is working with the Swaziland Ministry of Health Environmental Health Department to create a HCWM toolkit with nearly 20 visual aids. Visit the Health Care Waste Management section of the site to access the first nine posters.
News Archive: Access a growing collection of SCMS in the news across the globe.
Community Center: Access an array of supply chain resources, including In Briefs, guidelines and external reports.
Supply Chain Slide Show
ARVs, test kits, laboratory supplies and other commodities are shipped from regional distribution centers or direct from suppliers to central medical stores, which are typically operated by the Ministry of Health or other partner agencies. This central medical store is located in Mozambique. Photo credit: Benoit Marquet Access all slides.
Where We Work
Featured Country - Namibia
To help increase testing for HIV in Namibia, SCMS has supplied over 125,000 rapid HIV tests and related medical consumables to voluntary HIV counseling and testing sites during FY2010. SCMS supports the Government of Namibia’s efforts by helping to strengthen and enhance national supply chains for HIV/AIDS commodities—and support building new ones where needed—in order to ensure long-term sustainability of distribution systems. Learn More.