On December 17, the U.S. government, in partnership with the Zambian government’s Ministry of Health, officially handed over 10 pre-fabricated medical-supply storage units for the districts of Chongwe, Kapiri Mposhi, Mazabuka, Mumbwa, Kitwe, Ndola, Limulunga, Mongu, Livingstone and Mbala.
Through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management project (GHSC-PSM), funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) at a cost of $881,792, the storage units will help ensure that Zambians benefit from improved access to life-saving medications and supplies at health centers, health posts, and hospitals across the country.
“Effective health supply chains are critically important for promoting public health, ensuring essential medicines are available to patients when they need them, where they need them,” said U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Daniel L. Foote. “Indeed, there exists a direct link between health supply chains and improved HIV testing, prevention, and treatment.
The Ministry of Health, together with USAID’s GHSC-PSM, is tackling the significant challenge of improving access to quality health services throughout the country. The prefabricated storage units were strategically placed in select districts not only to reach underserved populations, but also to facilitate the distribution of health commodities to all of Zambia’s 10 provinces.
The storage units were each assembled on site and are complete with backup solar power systems, lighting, air conditioning, shelving, office furniture, security lighting, and secured doors and windows. These gold-standard installations will protect the quality of health commodities until they reach the medical staff and patients who need them.
This investment, among other activities implemented through the partnership between the Ministry of Health and the U.S. government, will help to ensure a healthy population that can contribute to a prosperous and productive Zambia.