Global Health Supply Chain - Technical Assistance Francophone Task Order
USAID’s investments in Francophone countries of West and Central Africa and Haiti have significantly improved availability of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and maternal and child health (MCH) and family planning (FP) commodities. To further enhance the health commodity security in the region, country leaders need to be empowered with knowledge, tools, and resources to address systemic barriers to sustainable health systems.
USAID Global Health Supply Chain (GHSC) – Technical Assistance (TA) Francophone Task Order (TO) is a five-year project that provides specialized supply chain expertise to designated countries of Francophone West Africa and Haiti to improve the efficiency of national supply chains, support national and regional collaboration among supply chain stakeholders, enhance sustainability of supply chain systems, and support the global health security agenda.
Strengthening health supply chains in Francophone West Africa and Haiti requires a nuanced understanding of each country and tailored approaches to fit country contexts. The focus countries of this Task Order vary considerably in the functionality and sustainability of their nationally run supply chains. Common challenges to deliver health commodities stem from poor logistics systems design and inadequate data visibility, storage capacity, commodity financing, and human resources. Specific focus country work programs are designed in consultation with USAID and host governments and reflect most urgent needs in health supply chain in each country. Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Haiti, and Senegal have project offices under this Task Order.
GHSC-TA Francophone TO strategy reconciles the dual objectives of building sustainable health supply chain systems while ensuring the reliable delivery of essential medicines and supplies to the people who need them. Achieving these goals and sustaining results requires an approach that equips in-country partners with the knowledge and resources to lead systems strengthening. GHSC-TA Francophone TO engages in-country stakeholders in strategic planning and supply chain system design and monitoring; empowers local leaders through capacity building approaches that harness technology and change management principles; enables people to excel in their work through access to evidence and data; and instills host-country ownership of in-country supply systems, allowing for continual iteration driven by local actors. Given the complexity of health supply chain management systems, promoting in-country and regional coordination is paramount for success. To address and enhance regional collaboration, project staff located in Accra, Ghana provide technical assistance to Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Togo.
In addition, GHSC-TA Francophone TO supports the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) launched in February 2014 to advance a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats, to bring together nations from all over the world to make new, concrete commitments, and to elevate global health security as a national leaders-level priority. GHSC-TA focuses on the development of an essential competencies framework for supply chain management to respond to public health emergencies efficiently. Once developed and tested in Cameroon, this framework will become available for all GHSA countries.
- Haiti Build Capacity in Laboratory and Medical Equipment Maintenance (June 2018)
- The GHSA Emergency Supply Chain Framework Helps Countries to Be Prepared for Epidemics (June 2018)
- Benin Destroys 118 Tons of Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals and Develops In-Country Capacity in Pharmaceutical Waste Management
- Promoting and Ensuring Public Health through Regulatory Support in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Robust Malaria Data Across PMI and Global Fund Supported Provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Inter-Donor Collaboration
- Waste Management Activity Launch in Benin (October 27, 2017)