Ethiopia: U.S. Donates Equipment, Vehicles worth $1.7 Million for Distribution of Medical Supplies (June 2011)

In Ethiopia, the U.S. Government donated $1.7 million in equipment and vehicles to the Federal Ministry of Health’s Pharmaceutical Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA) to support implementation of the National Pharmaceutical Logistics Master Plan. This plan helps strengthen public sector capacity to safely and efficiently distribute products for Ethiopian health care programs, including HIV/AIDS.

The donation consists of four forty-ton trucks, five motorbikes, four mobile cold rooms, and a ten-module flat pack office set. The donation also includes adjustable storage racks, conveyors and generators to be used in existing and leased warehouses throughout the country.

PFSA will use the trucks and motorbikes to collect data and transport drugs and commodities to central and regional warehouses, ensuring an uninterrupted supply of HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, reproductive health, and other essential medial commodities. The conveyors, cold rooms, storage racks and other warehousing equipment will greatly increase the operational capacity of the warehouses, the quality of cold chain products storage and the efficiency of the PFSA throughout the country. The U.S. Government also supported leasing of additional warehouse spaces for PFSA to address the scale-up needs of HIV/AIDS and other health programs.

At the handover ceremony, Acting USAID Mission Director Jason Fraser said, “The Supply Chain Management System project directly supports the Government of Ethiopia and benefits the entire health system. Overall, the U.S. Government has agreed to provide more than $6 million in additional support and technical assistance to the Government of Ethiopia’s Pharmaceutical Fund and Supply Agency through this project.”

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has supported Ethiopia’s efforts to strengthen national commodities logistics systems by seconding technical, clinical, and management support staff, as well as training, procurement and system design for the development and implementation of the National Pharmaceutical Logistics Master Plan.

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