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PMI Supports Strengthening of Supply Chain Systems to Get Commodities Where They Are Needed
One of the major constraints to successful malaria control efforts is the ability to provide essential commodities when and where they are needed. In order to do this, National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs) must maintain an effective supply chain so they are able to select the correct commodity, forecast needs, procure the correct quantity, and once these commodities are in country, manage their storage, distribution, and inventory. An effective supply chain must balance between overstocking, which can waste expensive commodities, and stockouts of essential medicines and other health supplies, which can result in increases in morbidity and mortality. For malaria prevention and treatment, maintaining adequate supplies of essential commodities can be a matter of life and death.
To ensure adequate stocks of antimalarial drugs and other commodities, PMI works with NMCPs to strengthen each link in their supply chain, from selection of the appropriate products to monitoring stocks on shelves in rural health clinics. The photos below are examples of supply chain management activities that PMI supports.