PFSCM manages two major projects that strive to reduce the worldwide impact of HIV/AIDS malaria, and tuberculosis. PFSCM also implements a number of smaller procurement contracts for donors, local governments and global development agencies.
A new pediatric formulation — ABC/3TC (120/60 mg) tablet — offers key benefits for treatment of children and is available for PEPFAR procurement
The new, scored, fixed-dose combination (FDC) tablet containing 120 mg of Abacavir (ABC) and 60 mg of Lamivudine (3TC) is available for procurement through Mylan.
This formulation can significantly decrease pill burden in children by at least 50% compared to existing formulations of ABC, particularly when used as a once-daily regimen. The reduced pill burden may improve patient adherence and simplify the supply chain at no additional cost to national HIV programs. Furthermore, this formulation may prevent sub-optimal dosing that occurs when adult formulation tablets are cut for use by children.
For further background and a dosing chart for quantification of ABC/3TC (120/60 mg) requirements by weight band, please see the information briefs available in English, French, and Spanish.
The 90 90 90 strategy to end the HIV Pandemic by 2030: Can the supply chain handle it?
The UNAIDS “90-90-90” strategy calls for 90% of HIV-infected individuals to be diagnosed by 2020, 90% of whom will be on ARTs and 90% of whom will achieve sustained virologic suppression. Reaching these targets by 2020 will reduce the HIV epidemic to a low-level endemic disease by 2030. From a supply chain perspective, each of the “90’s” has possible complications and roadblocks towards realizing the promise envisioned by 90-90-90.
Successful launch of the first storage-in-a-box in Malawi
Storage facilities are critical in ensuring that people can receive the life-saving medicines they need for survival. Without proper storage, drugs can lose potency, become damaged or even stolen. Earlier this year, SCMS began the deployment of 115 storage-in-a-box (SiB) units in Malawi, funded by USAID and the Department for International Development (DFID).
To learn more, check out the MBC News video, taken during the launch of the first SiB at the Chitedze Health Centre in Lilongwe. It features interviews with Ministry of Health Principal Secretary Mc Phail Magwira, USAID Mission Director Doug Arbuckle, and DFID head in Malawi, Philip Smith, on this critical effort.
USAID Impact Blog focuses on SCMS successes
USAID published a great story about SCMS in its USAID Impact Blog titled, "Delivering Life-Saving HIV/AIDS Drugs Around the World" by Sherif Mowafy. It highlights the importance of supply chains in public health and cites some of SCMS's many successes and impacts. This story further promotes our SCMS 10 Year Review, "Ten Years of Supporting PEPFAR through Stronger Public Health Supply Chains."
“10 Years of Supporting PEPFAR through Stronger Public Health Supply Chains: A report on SCMS Contributions to PEPFAR results.”
SCMS is proud to release its report, “10 Years of Supporting PEPFAR through Stronger Public Health Supply Chains: A Report on SCMS Contributions to PEPFAR Results.” As SCMS marks a decade of operating the largest public health supply chain in the world on behalf of the US Government, the project looks back at how it helped to move the global community closer to reaching our collective goal: achieving an AIDS-free generation.