The National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), is saddled with the responsibility of eradicating malaria in Nigeria through effective distribution (Long haul & Last mile) of long lasting insecticide treated mosquito bed nets, rapid diagnostics test kits (RDTs), and availability of anti-malarial drugs (ACT’s), in health facilities in the 36 states of Nigeria, coupled with monitoring & evaluation activities. To effectively carry out their programmes, NMEP gets its funding form the Nigerian Government and International Donor agencies like the Global Fund (GF). NMEP was such a Principal Recipient (PR) for the Global Fund Round 8, Phase 2 Malaria Grant for the purchase & distribution of anti-malaria commodities in 24 high burden states in Nigeria. The programme is expected to ensure greater availability of Malaria commodities like, Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACTs), Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs), Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets (LLIN’s) to people at the last mile in the ear marked states.
In recognition of the expertise of General & Health Logistics International Limited (GHLI-L) in the areas of logistics management, NMEP awarded GHLI-L the distribution contract for the delivery of anti-malaria commodities from the Federal Medical Stores to 15 State medical stores across the federation. The states include; Lagos, Ekiti, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Adamawa, Borno, Kaduna, Kastina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara States). The distribution exercise started on the 12th of January 2015 and was rounded up on the 30th of January 2015. GHLI-L team of Pharmacists and Logisticians, were on ground to coordinate activities, to ensure that the commodities got to the State Central Medical Stores in their right condition, right quantity and at the right time.
The distribution was faced with some challenges, most notably the insurgency attacks during the distribution run in 2 states (Borno & Yobe state). Notwithstanding, our team was able to successfully complete the distribution activities hitch-free in all the states. All the commodities delivered were confirmed with the State Central Medical Stores pharmacist, who verified quantities of the health commodities, batch numbers and expiry dates to ensure it tallies with the delivery note before signing the Proof of Deliveries (PODs).