United States Provides Medical Storage Units

Lusaka. February 11, 2015.

On February 11, 2015, officials from the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health (MCDMCH) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) gathered in Kabwe with United States Government representatives to mark the official handover of 17 prefabricated medical storage units. Funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), these units will greatly increase the storage capacity of District Community Medical Offices (DCMO) and other health facilities for pharmaceutical and medical supplies.

An earlier assessment conducted by the MoH and USAID’s DELIVER PROJECT, found that storage was a major constraint in more than half of the assessed DCMOs, resulting in disruptions in the delivery of health commodities and services. USAID’s Supply Chain Management Systems (SCMS) project has addressed these storage challenges by procuring and installing prefabricated climate-controlled storage units in 14 districts identified by the SCMS project and Provincial Medical Offices to be in priority need of storage expansion.

“This investment strengthens the public health sector supply chain and helps ensure that essential medicines and medical supplies are readily available to patients when they need them, where they need them,” remarked USAID/Zambia Deputy Mission Director Patrick Diskin during a speech at the event. This ceremony, jointly hosted by the MoH, the MCDMCH and the USAID-funded SCMS project, marked the official handover of the 17 storage units to the Permanent Secretary of the MCDMCH at Kabwe General Hospital. These new units will improve the delivery of health services to more than one million Zambians.