, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 9 – The Ministry of Health and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) were on Monday set to launch a Sh66.4 billion Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) medical commodities program.
The US Government through USAID, awarded the funds in September and it is the largest award ever by the mission.
KEMSA MCP will procure, warehouse and distribute medications and equipment funded by PEPFAR, the US President’s Malaria Initiative and USAID Global Health programs for maternal and child health and family planning.
KEMSA Medical Commodities Program is the first USAID direct contract with KEMSA, following decades of US Government supported supply-chain programs.
The US Government has been helping KEMSA for the past 13 years to strengthen its institutional capacity and logistics-management system.
KEMSA Medical Commodities Program is an example of the US Government’s support to host-country institutions and transforming that partnership into long-term sustainable development.
The purpose of the KEMSA Medical Commodities Program is to establish and operate a safe, secure, reliable and sustainable supply chain management system for HIV/AIDS commodities.
These commodities are needed to provide care and treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS and to support the warehousing and distribution of select family planning, nutrition and malaria commodities.