The author examines the ongoing debate on the role of the central medical store (CMS) role in developing countries’ public health supply chains.
The article highlights an experiment with the CMS (Central de Medicamentos e Artigos Médicos, or CMAM) carried out by the USAID Mission in Mozambique.
USAID entered into a one-year government-to-government agreement that conditioned disbursement of USAID funds on achievement of specific results by CMAM. In particular, CMAM could receive up to $125,000 per quarter for achieving performance targets that improve five indicators related to planning, distribution, and warehouse management.is ongoing.
The author shares the lessons learned from this program and its impact.