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AFRICA: Supply chains will make HIV/AIDS treatment more accessible

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JOHANNESBURG, 28 September (PLUSNEWS) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to develop a global supply chain management system for streamlining the flow of antiretroviral drugs and other HIV/AIDS-related aid to Africa, Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

The contract was awarded to a network called the Partnership for Supply Chain Management, which will provide services throughout the value chain, including demand assessment, price negotiation, purchasing, storage, distribution and tracking.

Deputy US global AIDS coordinator Dr. Mark Dybul said, "The need for this is apparent to anyone working in the field now."

The system will form part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and address the general lack of basic medical supply chains in the majority of developing nations, which has complicated the provision of HIV/AIDS treatment.



Recent AFRICA Reports
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 270, 10 February 2006,  10/Feb/06
Year in Review 2005 - Uneven progress in treatment provision,  3/Feb/06
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 269, 3 February 2006,  3/Feb/06
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 268, 27 January 2006,  27/Jan/06
Concern as MSF starts handover of HIV/AIDS treatment,  24/Jan/06
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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