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SCMS National Supply Chain Assessment Toolkit pdf logo

The SCMS National Supply Chain Assessment Toolkit can be used to assess the capability and performance at all levels of a health supply chain. The results of the assessment help supply chain managers and implementing partners develop their strategic and operational plans and monitor whether activities are achieving their expected outcomes.

SCMS ARV Bridging Assistance Fund Final Report - Transforming Procurement and Logistics in South Africa (July 2012)

This report provides the final documentation for SCMS’s contribution to the Bridging Assistance Program. It is designed to assist other organizations, governmental or nongovernmental, that take on a large-scale procurement and distribution program.

The SCMS Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Health Care Waste Management Toolkit

This Toolkit was created to provide guidance on implementing health care waste management (HCWM) best practices for male circumcision (MC) campaigns. Each component of the Toolkit is based on the voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) experience in Swaziland, as well as WHO and South African standards (SANS 10248, in particular).


AIDSTAR-One - HIV Prevention Update

Sign up for USAID's AIDSTAR-One HIV Prevention email updates. This monthly newsletter shares the latest events, studies and articles related to HIV/AIDS prevention. The resource is packed with reports, guidelines and tools linked to health systems supply chain management.

AIDSTAR-One website

The AIDSTAR-One website includes 33 national treatment guidelines from 28 countries including guidelines on Adult, Adolescent, and Pediatric ART, PMTCT, Adherence and Retention, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PreP), Community Based Treatment and others. The guidelines are updated quarterly and include a synopsis and summary table of each country's treatment guideline. features HIV and AIDS-related resources, including a searchable database of good and promising programmatic practices, technical briefs and case studies on successful programs and emerging approaches and other useful tools.


The Logistics Handbook: A Practical Guide for the Supply Chain Management of Health Commodities. pdf logo

This Guide offers practical guidance in managing the supply chain, with an emphasis on health commodities. This handbook will be particularly useful for program managers who design, manage, and assess logistics systems for health programs. In addition, policymakers, system stakeholders, and anyone working in logistics will also find it helpful as a system overview and overall approach.

Lessons in Logistics Management Adds Three New E-Learning Sessions.

Sessions on Storage of Health Commodities, Assessing Logistics Systems, and Quantification of Health Commodities have been added to the computer-based logistics management training course, "Lessons in Logistics Management for Health Commodities." To access the sessions online, go to the JSI site and register as a member, and select Logistics from the course list.


Laboratory Harmonization

In late January 2008, 130 experts and policy makers from 31 countries, including Cambodia, Haiti, Vietnam and 28 Sub-Saharan African countries, gathered for three days in Maputo, Mozambique for the Consensus Meeting on Clinical Laboratory Testing Harmonization and Standardization. At the end of the meeting, participants agreed to develop national strategic laboratory plans and policies, including standardization and harmonization of laboratory test supplies and equipment. SCMS served as technical secretariat for the meeting, which was sponsored by WHO AFRO and PEPFAR. Access documents generated from the meeting.

Resources for Laboratory Supply Chains: A CD Toolkit

USAID | Deliver Project provides a variety of tools necessary for strengthening national laboratory supply chain systems. Key documents and tools cover assessment, policy, initial activities, support and supervision, product selection, quantification, computerized information management, and country examples of laboratory supply chain development.


MeTA Toolbox

This toolbox contains the ‘tools’ that can be explored and applied by countries who want to improve access to essential medicines by increasing transparency in the medicines supply chain through the creation of a multi-stakeholder alliance. They range from guidance on household surveys that identify how medicines are used by patients to the types of medicines in short supply in a specific region.

Quantimed: Pharmaceutical Quantification and Cost Estimation Tool pdf logo

Quantimed is designed to improve the accuracy of order planning and budgeting by providing a systematic approach to organizing and analyzing data. Quantimed facilitates the calculation of commodity needs using either a single method or a combination of any of the three primary quantification methods: past consumption, morbidity patterns, and proxy consumption.

Guide on Reporting Problems to the FDA pdf logo

Consumers play an important public health role by reporting to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) any adverse events (unexpected side effects) after using a medical product, or other problems with any products that the agency regulates. Timely reporting allows the agency to take prompt action. There are a number of ways you can report problems to the agency, depending on the type of problem and product. The following tips and chart will help you make your report.

WHO Capacity Building Events For Quality and Safety: Medicines. pdf logo

The Quality Assurance and Safety of Medicines team of the WHO Department of Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies (EMP) is making available details of its planned training and capacity building activities in each of the different programmes.

PAHO/WHO offers virtual course on primary health care and management of pharmaceutical services

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is sponsoring the 3rd Virtual Course on Primary Health Care–based Pharmaceutical Services for Managers, aimed at developing the capacities of pharmaceutical services leaders and managers through a client- and community-centered approach.

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision

Film: In It to Save Lives, Scaling Up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision

USAID/PEPFAR sponsored film produced by AIDSTAR-One on voluntary medical male circumcision in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention

A global resource center on male circumcision research, program implementation, documentation, and information. This portal provides a growing number of tools for policy makers and program implementers and those involved in designing and executing programs that offer male circumcision as an HIV risk-reduction strategy for heterosexual men.

Supply Chain Tools


PipeLine is a best-in-class desktop software tool–it helps program managers plan optimal procurement and delivery schedules for health commodities, and it monitors their orders throughout the supply chain. Policymakers, product suppliers, and donors can generate reports, estimate future product needs, and use the software as a key tool in program planning. This effective tool has been used in more than 40 countries around the world, with products in reproductive health, essential medicines, anti-retroviral testing and treatment, malaria testing and treatment, lab supplies, and tuberculosis treatment.

USAID | DELIVER PROJECT Tools for Improvement of Public Health Supply Chains. pdf logo

A series of tools, guides, and briefs have been developed on topics critical to the improvement of public health supply chains.

Procurement & Supply Management (PSM) Toolbox website

The World Heath Organization/AIDS Medicines and Diagnostics Service and its partner organizations initiated the development of a unique PSM Toolbox website for HIV-related health commodities. The PSM Toolbox website features a user-friendly search engine, regularly updated content, a forum to share tool use experiences and more. In addition, an offline version of the PSM Toolbox is available on CD-ROM free of charge.

WHO ADMS Tool: The Global Price Reporting Mechanism

This tool enables users to search for HIV medicine prices and volumes sold in countries/regions, by income category, by HDI category, by manufacturer and by type of manufacturer (generic, or innovator). SCMS, MSH and JSI are among the key data providers for the tool.

HIV/AIDS & Country Assessment Tools

Visualization Tool from the The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

IHME is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Visualizations tools on the site include cause patterns, heatmap, and healthy years lost vs life expectancy.


All the latest worldwide HIV and AIDS news, including treatment, prevention, and hepatitis and TB co-infections. News from our own team of writers plus articles we have selected from other sources.

HIV and Aids - Voices from the frontline

To mark the 30th anniversary of HIV/AIDS, The Guardian has posted an interactive map of voices from the frontline. Articles tell stories from doctors, nurses, community workers and those living with HIV and Aids across the globe.

MDG Progress Index: Gauging Country-Level Achievements

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) web tool illustrates each individual country's progress towards the highly ambitious MDG targets. The tool includes MDG Progress Scorecards for each country, which include performance trajectories for each core target.

Human Resources

Human Resource Capacity Development in Public Health Supply Chain Management: Assessment Guide and Tool pdf logo

This tool presents a structured, rating-based methodology designed to provide a rapid, comprehensive assessment of the capacity of the human resource support system for a country’s supply chain.

Recruiting Supply Chain Professionals: A Ready Reference Guide for Finding and Selecting High Performers pdf logo

This guide leads users through the steps required to hire the right supply chain professionals, in the right quantities, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time, and for the right salaries. It also includes templates that will be helpful at each stage of the process.

Applying the HRH Action Framework to Develop Sustainable Excellence in the Health Supply Chain Workforce pdf logo

This technical brief talks about creating a bridge between the supply chain management system and human resources for health communities.

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