Rockville, Md., August31, 2015 – The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), in its roleas a global partner and trusted resource for quality assurance, will work withnational governments to secure health supply chain systems and safeguard thequality of medicines and health commodities as part of the Global Health SupplyChain (GHSC) Technical Assistance program, a consortium funded by the UnitedStates Agency for International Development (USAID).
“USP is pleased to be a part of theGlobal Health Supply Chain Technical Assistance program,” says Kelly Willis, USP’sSenior Vice President for Global Public Health. “We are eager to help partnersbuild strong national and regional supply chain systems that can ensuremedicines and other lifesaving health products meet quality standards at everystep of the way to reaching patients.”
USP will support the GHSC TechnicalAssistance program and its partners by setting up and managing qualityassurance systems; training and building quality assurance workforces; helpingsuppliers properly apply standards and other quality assurance and qualitycontrol tools; building capacity for maintaining product quality duringdistribution; and, raising global awareness about supply chain threats andvulnerabilities.
Logistic and regulatorybottle-necks, poor storage practices, and other inadequate quality safeguardsweaken supply chain systems in many parts of the world, allowing infiltrationof falsified and substandard products and degradation of legitimate products.Poor quality medicines and health commodities threaten the health and wellbeingof patients and communities around the world and if not adequately addressed,will jeopardize the global fight against many of the world’s top healthchallenges, including malaria, HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality.
The consortium, led by consultingfirm, LMI, aims to leverage the broad technical expertise of 16 organizationsto help governments and their partners more effectively and efficiently deliverquality-assured health products and supplies to communities. Its efforts willfocus specifically on providing technical assistance to in-country supply chainsystems.
The consortium is a part of a largerUSAID program, the Global Health Supply Chain Program, which strives to makequality-assured health commodities for HIV/AIDS, malaria, family planning, andmaternal and child health more readily available and providesystems-strengthening technical assistance to improve commodity security inpartner countries.Other members of theGHSC Technical Assistance program include Akeso Associates, Barloworld SupplyChain Software, BroadReach Healthcare, Connected Logistics, Cultural Practice,Ernst & Young LLP, Palladium Group, LeapFrog Solutions, MSGI Corporation,Overseas Strategic Consulting, and Pennsylvania State University Center forSupply Chain Research, Purdy Group, The QED Group, and UTi Worldwide.