Exclusive: Documents reveal largest USAID health project in trouble

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The largest contract ever awarded by the U.S. Agency for International Development — a project described as a “cornerstone” of U.S. efforts to end AIDS, malaria, and maternal and child death — is reporting results that could put access to lifesaving health commodities at risk.

The Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management project is a $9.5 billion effort, implemented by Chemonics International, that supports the U.S. government’s most important health initiatives, including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the President’s Malaria Initiative, and population and reproductive health programs. The project coordinates a complex international supply chain of global health commodities to ensure that items ranging from condoms, to HIV tests and treatments, to high-tech lab equipment are delivered to warehouses and health clinics at the right time and in the right quantities, effectively impacting health outcomes for tens of millions of people in dozens of countries.

According to the most recent quarterly reports, obtained and reviewed by Devex, that simply isn’t happening.

Between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2017, only 7 percent of the health commodity shipments delivered through the GHSC-PSM project arrived at their destination “on time and in full” — a common metric for measuring the performance of a supply chain.

Photo courtesy of USAID.

Source: Devex (link opens in a new window)

Health Care
global development, public health, supply chains