SCMS: Battling HIV/AIDS in Africa

  • Reference: HBS-613023-E

  • Year: 2005

  • Number of pages: 24

  • Geographic Setting: Ethiopia;Africa

  • Publication Date: Sep 12, 2010

  • Source: HBSP (USA)

  • Type of Document: Case

  • Industry Setting: Health care services;Pharmaceuticals

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In 2005, USAID and the U.S. President s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), created the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) to procure and distribute essential medicines and supplies; provide technical assistance to transform existing supply chains; and collaborated with in-country and global partners to coordinate efforts. The new US Global Health Initiative (GHI) initialized in 2010 sought to build on these efforts through strengthened platforms and systems. PEPFAR's five-year strategy, as contribution to the GHI, focused on transitioning the program from an emergency response to a sustainable, country-owned effort. The case describes the general approach designed by SCMS, the intricacies of its successful implementation in Ethiopia, and the challenges moving forward in that country.


AIDS Change management Developing countries Health Health care Incentive programs Logistics Management Public health Service strategy Strategy Supply chain management Systems theory