Assessment of the HIV/AIDS Medical Supplies and Laboratory Commodities Supply Chain in Lesotho, November 2007
(2009; 68 pages)

Abstract

In 2007, the Lesotho U. S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) team requested the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) and Rational Pharmaceutical Management (RPM) Plus programs to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the HIV/AIDS and other related commodities supply chains in Lesotho. This request followed widespread reports of shortages at facility level of essential HIV/AIDS-related commodities including antiretroviral (ARV) medicines, laboratory reagents, disposable supplies, rapid test kits, and condoms.

Program managers had also expressed concern that the procurement and distribution of HIV/AIDS commodities was fragmented and uncoordinated. The assessment’s objectives were to conduct a desktop review of supply chain management in Lesotho and perform an in-country assessment to address gaps identified.

 
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