To strengthen public health supply chains, UNICEF initiates the Ministry of Public Health and United Nations agencies to a Maturity Model

Joint press release

02 June 2022
Livraison de vaccins

Antananarivo, 02 June, 2022 – For 3 days, UNICEF, the Ministry of Public Health and United Nations agencies (WHO, UNFPA) implemented a workshop for strengthening public health supply chains. The meeting – inclusive and participatory dialogue – resulted in the common intention to implement strategies addressing the challenges and constraints of the national supply system and a common action plan.

Even today, nearly one in three children are still unvaccinated due to inequitable access to vaccines, according to a 2020 report by WHO and UNICEF. The delivery of vaccines and their storage as well as access to the most remote areas of the country are the challenges to be met to reverse this trend. According to the latest MICS, 10 women die each day as a result of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth in Madagascar. The availability of medical inputs and family planning close to these women contributes to the reduction of these preventable maternal deaths. For all health inputs, the distribution to the last mile encounters recurring problems such as delivery delays, stock shortages, the flagrant lack of data visibility. The workshop helped to rethink all these steps to make the health system more accountable and resilient, enabling health workers to deliver quality services, in the right place and at the right time.

The UNICEF maturity model – the basis of this dialogue – is a participatory tool for understanding and measuring the performance of supply chains for operations and components related to essential drugs as well as for vaccines, nutrition inputs, family planning products and antiretroviral. It has been developed and implemented in 34 countries, with support from WHO, USAID and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office - FCDO.

Investing in robust, responsive and shock-resilient supply chains saves lives. They are essential to guarantee universal, non-discriminatory, equitable and unhindered access for all to health products and services and to the underlying determinants of health. The United Nations system in Madagascar reiterates its willingness to work alongside the government for the development of a national action plan to strengthen public health chains, consolidating the achievements of this workshop and other associated assessments,” said Issa Sanogo, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Madagascar.

 "Let us work together and in support of the government through multi-sectoral strategies and responses adapted to local needs and contexts, in order to leave no one behind in terms of health, education, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene," said Jean-François Basse, UNICEF Representative.


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Chief of Communication
UNICEF Madagascar
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Communication officer
UNICEF Madagascar

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