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USAID goes back to the drawing board for global health supply chains (Devex)

July 9, 2019

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The U.S. Agency for International Development is gathering input as it looks ahead to the next version of one of its largest projects, a multibillion-dollar effort to deliver health commodities around the world.

“In many countries, especially low and middle-income countries, as development assistance is waning, many of these governments can be slower to fill resulting gaps,” said Janeen Madan Keller, senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Development.

 “What we see is many patients start to turn to the private sector. We know that in the private sector prices can be quite variable, quality can be unreliable, and oftentimes families are paying out of pocket,” she said.

Keller, who participated in a major study on the future of global health procurement, also urged USAID to make performance measurement, data, and analytics a bigger focus in the next supply chain project.

“One example would be improving and standardizing how performance is assessed and measured across contracts so that performance can be benchmarked and compared,” she said.

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