Globally, Sub-Saharan Africa remains most severely affected by HIV, accounting for 69 percent of the people living with HIV worldwide. Alerts of stock-outs of life-saving drugs for antiretroviral treatment (ART) and treating opportunistic infections have emerged from a number of countries in West Africa (WA). To address these recurrent pharmaceutical supply management issues and provide effective longterm solutions, USAID/WA requested that SIAPS provide support to six target countries in the WA region (Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Guinea, Niger, and Togo).
One key activity around this regional project is to support Niger’s Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) to develop a Procurement and Supply Management (PSM) concept note for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund) grant. On CCM’s request, a team of SIAPS advisors traveled to Niamey from August 4 to 22, 2014, to conduct a national quantification of HIV and AIDS commodities and provide remote support to CCM from August 2014 to February 2015