When SCMS began 10 years ago, PEPFAR lacked the luxury of time. The needs of patients suffering from HIV required immediate scale-up of the largest public health supply chain project in the world. We would have to build the ship while sailing.

With the support of the USG and the project’s many partners in-country and around the world, SCMS has achieved many milestones on the road to providing a safe, reliable supply of treatment to patients in need.

September 2005

SCMS begins operations

February 2006

SCMS hosts first Supplier Summit to introduce the project to prospective suppliers and to make them aware of the USG federal acquisition regulation (FAR) before issuing tenders

May 2006

Côte d’Ivoire places the project’s first order for lab items

May 2006

First country offices open in Guyana and Haiti

June 2006

Appointed Technical Secretariat of the Coordinated Procurement Planning Committee (CPP)

July 2006

First ARV samples tested at North-West University

September 2006

First RDC operational in Ghana

October 2006

SCMS hits first $1 million in laboratory commodity deliveries

December 2006

72% of ARVs procured by SCMS are generic rather than more expensive branded ARVs

January 2007

Second RDC operational in Kenya

February 2007

Third RDC operational in South Africa

December 2007

SCMS achieves more than $149 million in savings by switching from branded to generic ARVs

January 2008

SCMS supports the Strengthening Laboratory Systems Conference where 33 countries endorsed the Maputo Declaration on Laboratory Harmonization of HIV Diagnosis and Treatment which became a guiding principle for the project’s lab strategy

February 2008

SCMS’s first electronic logistics management information system (eLMIS) goes live in Zimbabwe

February 2008

First product recall is made as a result of SCMS quality assurance (QA) program: moldy co-trimoxazole

April 2008

First PEPFAR methadone delivery is made to Vietnam. This drug replacement therapy is critical to the country’s strategy to address HIV, targeting the key exposed population of injecting drug users

March 2009

SCMS surpasses 50% of commodities (by weight) shipped by ocean, realizing significant savings over air

June 2009

SCMS achieves 80% on-time delivery across all products (ARVs, RTKs, and lab)

June 2009

SCMS launches field office managed procurement (FOMP) program to build local procurement capacity

July 2009

SCMS establishes the project’s first in-country QA testing lab at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania

December 2009

SCMS launches first pre-service training program in Zambia

January 2010

SCMS participates in Haiti’s earthquake emergency response

June 2010

SCMS wins Supply Chain Innovation Award and Best Value Supply Chain Provider Award at the European Supply Chain and Logistics Summit

July 2010

PEPFAR reaches 3.2 million patients on treatment. SCMS procures more than 30% of all ARVs directly funded by PEPFAR

August 2010

SCMS delivers the project’s first VMMC kits to Zambia

September 2010

SCMS achieves more than 90% generic ARV procurements; has stayed at 94% or higher every year since

October 2010

SCMS participates in Haiti’s cholera emergency responses

November 2010

SCMS implements first minilab in Rwanda to allow the government to quality assurance test drugs in their supply chain

January 2011

SCMS develops complete health care waste management (HCWM) system in Swaziland, safely handling disposal of more than 30 tons of the country’s medical waste over two years

March 2011

PEPFAR creates Emergency Commodities Fund (ECF) to provide rapid response to imminent stockout situations

November 2011

SCMS initiates major recall, causing a shift in the global rapid test kit (RTK) market and prompting a vendor to make significant improvements

December 2011

SCMS hits $1 billion in commodity deliveries (across all commodity types)

February 2012

First innovative Clinic-in-a-Box™ is operational in Nigeria. These clinics can be quickly deployed, much like the WiBs, to increase capacity and create greater access to treatment for patients

April 2012

SCMS surpasses 20,000 public health professionals trained in supply chain management

July 2012

The Government of Nigeria launches the HIV/AIDS Supply Chain Unification Project with the support of USAID, through SCMS, and the Global Fund

July 2012

SCMS’s first innovative Warehouse-in-a-Box™ (WiB) is operational in Tanzania

July 2012

PEPFAR directly supports 3.9 million patients on treatment. SCMS procures more than 70% of all ARVs directly funded by PEPFAR

November 2012

SCMS is a finalist in the Supply Chain Innovation Award Competition sponsored by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and Supply Chain Brain

November 2012

First country entity receives certification from International Organization for Standardization (ISO): Central Medical Stores in Botswana with SCMS assistance

December 2012

Through the SCMS-supported ARV Bridging Assistance Fund, South Africa achieves a cost savings of $630 million, enabling the government to treat twice as many patients

June 2013

SCMS hits $1.5 billion in commodity deliveries (across all commodity types)

July 2013

SCMS makes its 2 millionth VMMC kit delivery

July 2013

Pediatric ARV deliveries hit the $50 million mark supporting accelerated treatment for these young, vulnerable patients

August 2013

Nigeria launches online continuing education course in supply chain management for medical laboratory technologists

September 2013

SCMS transitions lab procurement responsibility to KEMSA—a parastatal—in line with PEPFAR’s country ownership strategy

October 2013

Lab commodity deliveries hit the $500 million mark (nearly seven years after we hit $1 million)

November 2013

ForLab, an innovative laboratory quantification tool, is launched in Côte d’Ivoire

November 2013

Guatemala’s National Programs Warehouse renovation is complete

December 2013

ARV deliveries hit the $1 billion mark

January 2014

SCMS makes 3 millionth VMMC kit delivery

March 2014

PFSCM’s quality management system receives ISO 9001:2008 certification from UL DQS, one of the world’s leading ISO certification bodies for management systems

May 2014

SCMS wins the World Bank’s Science of Delivery Award for the Procurement in Complex Situations Challenge

June 2014

PEPFAR reaches 4.5 million patients with direct treatment support. SCMS procures more than 70% of all ARVs directly funded by PEPFAR

July 2014

SCMS-coordinated HIV/AIDS supply chain unification achieves full country coverage in Nigeria

December 2014

Field office managed procurement (FOMP) expands to more than 150 local and/or regional vendors with 35 prequalified local laboratory vendors

January 2015

SCMS makes 4 millionth VMMC kit delivery

March 2015

A total of 13 countries are successfully performing FOMP: Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe