Lusaka. April 30, 2015.
LUSAKA — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Zambian Ministry of Health (MOH), and the Ministry of Community Development and Mother and Child Health (MCDMCH) joined together to commemorate the delivery of 10 new all-terrain vehicles to Medical Stores Limited (MSL).
The 10 Toyota Land Cruisers will increase the availability of essential health supplies through MSL’s nationwide network and support the Zambian government’s goal of improving health services throughout the country. The vehicles were provided by the USAID | DELIVER project through a contribution of $380,000 from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) and will expand the reach of MSL services to the “last mile” in rural areas of Zambia.
“We are thankful that, in partnership with the Zambian government, these vehicles will help Medical Stores Limited expand its distribution of life-saving medicines across the country,” said USAID/Zambia Mission Director Dr. Susan K. Brems. “Our partnership has strengthened the medical commodities delivery system within Zambia and has played a crucial role in the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases.”
The vehicles will support MSL operations at three regional hubs within Zambia: Chipata in the east; Choma in the south; and Mongu in the west. From these hubs, the vehicles will help to ensure the timely, reliable delivery of life-saving medical supplies to health facilities across Zambia, no matter how remote.
USAID | DELIVER and MSL conducted a nationwide examination of commodity transportation routes between delivery points. The study found the availability of medical supplies was affected by transportation delays to remote delivery sites, due to weather, distance and infrastructure. To minimize delays, a national transportation strategy was developed to help ensure delivery to the most rural locations of Zambia.