World AIDS Day – Highlights from the PFSCM Supply Chain

by | Dec 3, 2018

The Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM) has been procuring and moving lifesaving health commodities under the Global Fund’s (TGF) Pooled Procurement Mechanism (PPM) since 2009.

TGF focuses on three epidemics namely HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In the organization’s 2018 report it highlights that across the three verticals, 27 million lives have been saved since 2002. Through its far-reaching efforts, 17.5 million people received antiretroviral (ARV) therapy for HIV and 79.1 million took HIV tests in 2017. In the same year 108 million cases of malaria were treated. Further, in 2017, TGF also saved $205 million through its PPM initiative.

PFSCM is pleased to be at TGF’s service and very proud of the role we play in procuring and shipping ARV medicines and test kits for the treatment and diagnosis of HIV under the PPM initiative.

Since the start of our service to TGF, PFSCM has delivered more than 8445 shipments of ARV and artemisinin-based combination therapy products, valued at $2.3 billion to over 70 countries.

In 2018, PFSCM continued its commitment to ensuring ARVs reach clients and communities on time and full. For PPM, from January 2018 to October 2018, PFSCM delivered more than 850 shipments of ARVs and HIV test kits valued at more than $225 million, to over 60 countries. The top five countries in terms of value of shipments are Uganda, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and Nigeria. 

The safe and cost-effective delivery of these products do not come easily. A whole range of supply chain activities including raw material availability, production capacity, transport availability, and offloading and receiving capacity in-country, must align and be managed for the best outcome.