Many developing countries are beneficiaries of donations for implementing their malaria programs. Global initiatives and donors, including USAID/PMI; Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Roll Back Malaria (RBM); and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, expect that the resources they provide reach the affected population and are managed prudently and that reports are submitted regularly. The success of the PMI in reducing malaria deaths by half in 15 target countries in Africa by reaching 85% of the most vulnerable groups depends on the continuous availability of malaria medicines and related commodities. A comprehensive and integrated Logistics Managment System (LMS) for malaria commodities and other essential medicines is necessary to ensure better access and improve quantification, procurement, and distribution.
This guide is intended to assist managers, planners, technical advisors, and health care workers to improve LMS skills for their malaria programs at district, health center (HC), dispensary, and community levels. This document complements existing materials produced by the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems Program, such as Quantimed, the Manual for Quantification of Malaria Commodities, and other US Government-funded projects, such as USAID | DELIVER, in applying logistics management approaches that enhance LMS.