Case | HBS Case Collection | September 2012

SCMS: Battling HIV/AIDS in Africa

by Ananth Raman, Noel Watson, Santiago Kraiselburd and Emmanuel Akili


In 2005, USAID and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), created the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) to procure and distribute essential medicines and supplies; provide technical assistance to transform existing supply chains; and collaborate with in-country and global partners to coordinate efforts. The new U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) initialized in 2010 sought to build on these efforts through strengthened platforms and systems. PEPFAR's five-year strategy, as contribution to the GHI, focused on transitioning the program from an emergency response to a sustainable, country-owned effort. The case describes the general approach designed by SCMS, the intricacies of its successful implementation in Ethiopia, and the challenges moving forward in that country.

Keywords: HIV; AIDS; procurement coordination; developing countries; healthcare; supply chain management; public health; Ethiopia; Supply Systems for healthcare delivery in developing countries; Healthcare Logistics Industry; Health Disorders; Health Care and Treatment; Service Delivery; Supply Chain Management; Logistics; Developing Countries and Economies; Programs; Transition; Strategy; Pharmaceutical Industry; Health Industry; Ethiopia; Africa;


Raman, Ananth, Noel Watson, Santiago Kraiselburd, and Emmanuel Akili. "SCMS: Battling HIV/AIDS in Africa." Harvard Business School Case 613-023, September 2012.