Pictured: Jean Claude Niyonizigiye, HIV supervisor in the sanitary district, south zone of Bujumbura, showcasing products that fight against HIV.
How can people living with HIV/AIDS continue to get the life-saving medical supplies they need in a country undergoing political unrest? Thanks to the preparedness of the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) and its partners in Burundi, operating under such unstable conditions barely affected the availability of and access to supplies for much-needed treatment.
Civil unrest erupted in Burundi on April 26, 2015, just before the elections, and political tensions continue to this day. Due to protests, as well as ambushes, assassinations, and a thwarted coup d’état, most parts of the city have been inaccessible.
“Tenofivir and zidovudine-based products, including fixed-dose combinations, are in good supply, although there are some challenges with the zidovudine active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) market out of China. Demand for stavudine-based products is dropping fast and suppliers are exiting the market for these products.”
These were the conclusions from a recent visit to India and China by the PFSCM procurement strategy team. Continue reading
On the night of December 17, 2014, a short circuit fire engulfed the pharmacy of the regional hospital in Divo, one of the hospitals that provide medical services to the more than 1 million inhabitants in the Loh-Djiboua region in Côte d’Ivoire. Despite the quick response and joint efforts of the neighboring population, $43,000 worth of general medicines and $54,000 worth of ARVs were destroyed. Though the laboratory equipment was recovered, it was deemed no longer functional due to fire damage.
“USAID’s Supply Chain Management System project is a crucial piece of the American Government’s efforts to serve patients living with HIV/AIDS in Côte d’Ivoire through the PEPFAR initiative,” said His Excellency Terence McCulley, the U.S. Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire during his visit to Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) regional offices in the district of Man in the Tonkpi region in November 19, 2014. “Every aspect of PEPFAR’s response depends on a reliable, responsive and sustainable supply chain system.” Continue reading