At Chemonics, we work hand-in-hand with governments and local partners to address some of the world’s most challenging health issues, with the understanding that complex health problems require integrated solutions. We apply expertise and lessons learned from our work across sectors — in education, environment, gender, democracy and governance, economic growth, and agriculture — to support local actors and holistically address intractable health problems. We push today’s human resources for health agenda by drawing on our expertise from working in more than 20 countries to improve performance and productivity of health workforces. Our global health supply chain programming delivers essential commodities to more than 60 countries around the world. And we deliver essential health care in complex operating environments. For example, we ensure that communities across northern Nigeria have access to quality HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services. With decades of experience operating in complex social and political environments, we know how to quickly mobilize resources, seamlessly adapt to change and strategically apply lessons learned across all our projects.
Messages for Life
The USAID Communications Support for Health project assists the government of Zambia in addressing health-related issues such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, maternal/child health, and family planning/reproductive health.
The USAID-funded Communication Support for Health project partners with the government of Zambia to develop public awareness campaigns to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Tuberculosis: Know, Be Aware, Have No Fear
Tips for primary health-care providers on how to avoid contracting tuberculosis when working with patients.
Saving For Health
USAID’s Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites worked with Nigerian NGOs to help more than 900 women increase their income and improve child nutrition.
No Glove, No Love
Everybody has a right to safe sex. This video from the Zambian Ministry of Health and USAID provides guidance on how women can communicate with their partners to protect themselves and their futures.
Rwanda Family Health Project
The USAID-funded Rwanda Family Health Project worked with local partners to improve community-based family health services and deliver high quality care to the Rwandan people through institutional capacity building.
TB and HIV Co-management
In Ukraine, fighting HIV means fighting the threat of co-infection with tuberculosis. A USAID-funded program worked with health providers to improve detection and treatment of tuberculosis and enhance patient outcomes
Medical Workers Combatting TB
Learn how the USAID Strengthening Tuberculosis Control in Ukraine project addressed high rates of TB by developing a cascade training program to strengthen medical workers’ ability to treat and prevent the disease.
Fikreslassie Alemu Kibret
Health Systems Strengthening Director, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program–Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) in Ethiopia
Rwanda Country Director, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Project
Scaling HIV and TB Prevention and Treatment in Nigeria
Supporting the implementation and scaling of HIV and TB prevention and treatment programs is key for improving the ability of Nigerian state and local health systems.
Strengthening Logistics Information and Management Systems in Chad
Improving management of critical medical commodities in Chad is essential to sustaining the country’s progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
Fostering Responsible Local Stewardship of Global Fund Grants
Supporting national committees that coordinate Global Fund grants reinforces local ownership and strengthens the effort to end the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria epidemics.
Promoting Supply Chain Integration in Côte d’Ivoire
By integrating the health product supply chain, patients in Côte d’Ivoire benefitted from critical health services.
Improving Health and Human Capital in Bangladesh
A sustainable, gender-sensitive, pro-poor social enterprise is helping Bangladesh get closer to achieving universal health coverage.
Empowering Health Leaders in West and Central Africa and Haiti
Through the USAID Global Health Supply Chain (GHSC) - Technical Assistance (TA) Francophone Task Order, health leaders are improving national supply chains and advancing global health security.
Cutting-edge Technologies in Global Health Supply Chains
To improve access to high-quality health products worldwide, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management project employs cutting-edge technologies and industry best practices to make global health supply chains more efficient and reach more people.
Catalyzing Behavioral Change
High-impact communications campaigns transformed awareness and prevention of health challenges in Zambian communities.
Fighting Tuberculosis in Ukraine
In an effort to lower the extremely high rate of tuberculosis infection among its citizens, Ukraine is strengthening its health care system’s ability to detect, treat, and prevent the illness.
Delivering Family Health Services in Rwanda
Rwanda made great strides in improving its previously faltering health care system, but family health services still had a long way to go.
Delivering HIV/AIDS Treatment in Kenya
Strengthening pharmaceutical supply chains in Kenya made it possible to plan more effectively for the needs of HIV/AIDS patients and to treat a larger population.
Diagnosing and Treating Malaria in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Malaria is an entirely treatable disease, yet it continues to take a devastating toll on communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Strengthening Human Resources for Health Worldwide
In many low- and middle-income countries, health systems face shortages of qualified health workers, and decision-makers lack the data and tools needed to optimize existing resources.
Approaching 95-95-95 HIV/AIDS Goals by Focusing on Patients
Ensuring adherence to HIV treatment can significantly improve the quality of life for people living with HIV. A patient-centric treatment approach is successfully reducing the burden and helping the global health community maintain the progress made to end AIDS by 2030 during COVID-19.
Private Partnership Paves the Way to Better Health in Nigeria
Engaging private sector partners in Nigeria’s lab sample network has strengthened the country’s efforts to eliminate HIV/AIDS and made its global health supply chain more resilient in the face of COVID-19.
Door-to-Door Malaria Awareness in Mozambique
Acting together to end malaria requires a vast awareness-building campaign. Community leaders in rural Mozambique are fighting misinformation on the ground – one household at a time.
Love & Sustainability in the Philippines: A Journey to Self-Reliance
In the Philippines, a couple is putting 10 years of lessons learned from participating in USAID projects with Chemonics into practice. Marie Rose and Jacinto embody how development works by sustainably improving maternal and childcare in their community for generations to come.
Strengthening Health Systems and Access in Senegal
To improve health systems, the government of Senegal is creating tools, policies, and processes to ensure quality health service delivery.
Access to Medicines Transforms Lives for HIV/AIDS Patients
Bolstering the health supply chain in Zambia equips health facilities with the medicines and other supplies needed to care for patients like Catherine Nalungwe who live with HIV/AIDS.
Building a Skilled Health Supply Chain Workforce for Haiti
Haiti acquired in-country expertise needed to address the problem of donated medical and laboratory equipment maintenance, moving one more step closer to self-reliance and sustainability.
Attention to Detail
Adjusting small aspects of the patient — and staff — experience in Ethiopia’s health facilities is leading to significant improvements in how the country provides health-care services.
Making Supply Chain Data Visibility a Reality
With a new tool at their disposal, health facilities in Malawi are collecting reliable data that ensures lifesaving medicines and supplies reach their final destination.
Making Vaccines More Visible
By expanding the reach of its vaccine management information system, Pakistan is poised to increase immunization coverage and save thousands of lives from preventable diseases through greater data visibility.
Dealing with Counterfeits
A series of training events has helped Benin’s health supply chain workers learn how to safely dispose of counterfeit medicines that would otherwise find their ways into consumers’ hands.
Using Mobile Technology to Improve Malaria Testing, Care, and Reporting
As part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s National Malaria Control Program, Chemonics is working with Ivanhoe Mines and Fio Corporation to pioneer new ways to fight the disease.
Closing the Gap in HIV
A new tool from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), tested in Malawi and Zambia, brings the HIV landscape into focus by unearthing data to address current staffing challenges in HIV healthcare facilities.
Tackling Ukraine’s Tuberculosis Crisis
Improved diagnostic technology is transforming how the Odesa Oblast region of Ukraine tackles its growing rate of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
Protecting Farmers Through Safe Pesticide Use in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan farmers commonly use pesticides incorrectly, which puts them at risk. New posters are teaching farmers important messages about pesticide safety.
Transforming Healthcare in Rwanda
The Rwandan Ministry of Health is bringing a digital medical records system called OpenMRS to the country, creating a stronger and more efficient healthcare sector.
Keeping Medicines Safe
Counterfeit and substandard medicines put millions of lives at risk in developing countries. In Kenya, Chemonics is equipping local testing labs to root out these killers.
Three Keys to Ukraine’s TB Challenge
Dr. Kartlos Kankadze offers three interventions that could help Ukraine manage its TB burden, an issue of growing concern with a rise in multidrug-resistant TB and HIV co-infection.
Fighting AIDS in Kenya
The Pharma program put high-quality, low-cost medication in the hands of hundreds of thousands of patients to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Kenya.
Adding Days to Lives, and Life to Days
In Kenya, an electronic health supply chain management system is delivering life-saving medicines to people living with HIV and AIDS.
Are Middlemen the Key to Stronger Value Chains in Uganda?
“Middlemen” is a term that often has negative connotations. But Stephen McCarthy, a Chemonics value chain expert, said middlemen have a key role to play in the transformation of agricultural value chains in Uganda.
Efficient Supply Chains Deliver Results in Kenya
By improving the pharmaceutical supply chain in Kenya, life-saving medicine is reaching more than 340,000 patients faster than ever.
3 Questions with Chris Perine on Climate Solutions for a Changing Planet
In this three-part series, Chris Perine, Chemonics’ director of corporate environmental sustainability, answers questions about how the global development community can adapt to effectively address the climate crisis. His recommendations include areas for further climate research, more thoughtful and human-centered use of data, and new approaches to development programming. 1) What type of research…
3 Questions with Bruno Bouchet on Health Systems Strengthening
1. What draws you to work in global health? After completing medical school in France, I spent 16 months as a clinician at a hospital in French Guyana, where I took care of patients with tropical diseases (such as malaria, amebiasis, and tuberculosis) and I decided to specialize in tropical medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. Afterwards,…
Part 2: How Can We Optimize the Health Workforce During COVID-19 and Beyond?
In this two-part series, we call for country leaders to consider whether they are optimizing their health workforce and offer some resources and tools to help ensure uninterrupted care and continued provision of high-quality health services. In Part 1, we provided three recommendations to support health workers in the short term. We now consider sustainable…
Part 1: How Can We Optimize the Health Workforce During COVID-19 and Beyond?
Before COVID-19, health workers were already in short supply in many countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) identified 57 countries that have critical health workforce shortages, and it estimates a global health worker shortage of 18 million by 2030, primarily in low- and middle-income countries. Since the pandemic began, health workers have often been pulled…
From Billions to Trillions: Using Blended Finance for Scaling Impact in Climate and Health
The following blog post introduces Chemonics’ recently launched Blended Finance Technical Briefs series. Each explores a different development sector as it intersects with blended finance and impact investing, including agricultural finance, gender lens investing, healthcare services, health supply chains, and sustainable landscapes. With private capital outpacing traditional donor assistance, the devastating impact of the COVID-19…
Development Works Here with Andres McAlister
We’d like you to meet Andres McAlister! Andres is an integrated supply chain manager on the Global Health Supply Chain team on the PSM (Procurement Supply Management) Project. Andres discusses how he became interested in development, his experience in the MiniMasters program brought by Chemonics’ partnership with Arizona State University, and what motivates him. Andres…
More than Pipes and Pumps: Good Governance Drives Improved WASH
We live in an increasingly urban world with infrastructure and essential services struggling to keep pace. From the current level of 56% in 2020, the United Nations (UN) projects that 68% of the world’s population will be urban by 2050. Many of the world’s fastest growing populations over this period are projected to be rapidly…
From Excel to Excellent: Timor-Leste Readies for a New Health Worker Training Information System
This post was originally published by the Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) program, and is cross posted with permission. Abilio Soares is the former senior technical lead for HRH2030’s Timor-Leste activity. Andrea Poling is the Deputy Project Director for HRH2030, based at Chemonics. On February 1st, 2021, the USAID Human Resources for Health in 2030…
Going the Extra Mile to Reach the Last Mile
Two supply chain experts, Bongisiwe Mosekoa and Fikreslassie Alemu, share strategies they’ve applied in Eswatini and Ethiopia to address social factors and systems challenges behind medical commodity uptake, implement inclusive delivery practices for last mile distribution, and ensure sustained health outcomes for everyone, including underserved populations such as people living with HIV/AIDS, youth, pastoralists and…
The Clock is Ticking: How to End TB by 2022
Although the world has made unprecedented gains in combating tuberculosis (TB) in the past two decades, access, quality and equity in TB care remain a big challenge. The added burden of COVID-19 is threatening to reverse these gains. Early on, lockdown and movement restrictions led to a decline in clinic visits due to fear of contracting COVID-19.…
Where in the World Are Those Private Sector Partners?
As the countries of West and Central Africa struggle with ongoing health challenges such as a recent Ebola outbreak, one of the highest HIV/AIDS burdens in the world, and a fractured health infrastructure, many actors in the health supply chain remain unaware of what organizations and private companies already exist to provide valuable global health supply chain services…
Mitigating Hesitancy Key to COVID-19 Vaccine Readiness
Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective public health interventions, saving millions of lives each year. They are our best chance of eradicating COVID-19, which has had one of this century’s most devastating impacts on humankind, with high death tolls and major disruptions to economies and everyday life. Vaccines historically take years to develop, requiring…
3 Questions with Baz Semo: Ensuring Safe and Continuous HIV Service Delivery in Nigeria
In Nigeria, where 1.8 million people live with HIV and 100,000 were newly infected in 2019, the pandemic has disrupted the government of Nigeria’s efforts to lead a large-scale, evidence-driven national response to control the HIV epidemic by limiting access to critical testing and treatment services. To address this, healthcare administrators and frontline workers are…
News: USAID Awards “Digis” to Two Projects Implemented by Chemonics
The USAID Awards for Digital Development (“the Digis”) recognize projects and activities that apply digital technologies and data-driven approaches to meet development objectives. In 2020, projects implemented by Chemonics earned two of the five Digis USAID awarded from a pool of 140 applications. Among this year’s winners, the Pakistan Small and Medium Enterprise Activity (SMEA)…
News: Chemonics Projects Earn Industry Recognition at SID-W Innovation Competition
Two panels of development experts, along with attendees of last week’s Society for International Development – Washington Chapter’s (SID-W) Virtual Annual Conference, have recognized three Chemonics-implemented projects for their innovative approaches to development challenges. The awards were announced during the event as part of SID-W’s annual Innovation Competition. This year, SID-W members entered their innovations…
3 Questions with COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. Monique N’Guessan: Charting a Course for Côte d’Ivoire
This post was adapted from a post that originally appeared on the USAID HRH2030 program’s website. As the COVID-19 coordinator for the USAID Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) program in Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Monique N’Guessan explains the effects of the pandemic in Côte d’Ivoire and the measures being taken to move the country…
3 Questions with Grace Namaganda: Balancing Service Delivery for HIV/AIDS, Malaria during COVID-19
The fight to end HIV/AIDS is far from over, and millions worldwide rely on services or commodities that aren’t designed to work with social distancing rules. Grace Namaganda provides recommendations on how to use data for decision-making, protect community health workers, help HIV patients adhere to antiretroviral (ARV) regimes, and leverage partnerships from her experience…
An Ambitious HIV Goal within Reach
With more than a decade of experience accelerating the global response to HIV/AIDS, Chemonics has learned how to leverage technology to deliver HIV commodities worldwide, build strong partnerships with local governments, involve stakeholders and communities in the decision-making process, and use a participatory approach that empowers individuals and institutions to build resilient communities. Here’s how…
Safe Blood: The Forgotten Commodity for Maternal, Newborn Health
Introduction from Emma Clark, maternal, newborn, and child health technical director at Chemonics The upcoming World Blood Donor Day on June 14 presents an important opportunity to highlight how critical, yet persistently overlooked, blood products are in the global quest to end preventable maternal mortality. Globally, postpartum hemorrhage — or excessive bleeding after birth —…
3 Questions with Antonio Mussa: Cyclones, COVID-19, and Antimalarial Interventions
Devastating cyclones and global pandemics like COVID-19 can distract Mozambicans from addressing the pervasive problem of malaria, which is often seen as a part of daily life even though it is responsible for 29 percent of all deaths in the country. As COVID-19 spreads through Mozambique’s northern provinces, Antonio Mussa, chief of party of the Chemonics-led…
3 Questions with Victoria Cooper: Ebola, COVID-19, and Global Development
As chief of party for the USAID Digital Liberia and e-Government project, Vicki Cooper led efforts to strengthen Liberia’s health, education, and economic growth sectors through enhanced information, communication, and technology capabilities in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic. 1. How can the global development community use lessons learned from the Ebola crisis in Liberia…
Tragic but Not Unique: Maternal Death in a Rural Clinic
At 1 a.m., Winnie, the midwife at a small health clinic in a rural town in Uganda, was startled awake when the security guard from the clinic pounded on her door—a woman had arrived in labor. When Winnie arrived at the facility, she was surprised to see Clara, a young woman expecting her first baby…
3 Takeaways from Testing the Gender Competency Framework in Ethiopia
This post was adapted from a post that originally appeared on the USAID HRH2030 program’s website. Gender sensitivity is often overlooked in the slew of daily health care inquiries directed to service providers. And yet, gender norms—how a society ascribes day-to-day roles, rights, and responsibilities to women and men—play a significant role in client-provider interactions. Reproductive…
Recommendations for a Diverse, Sustained Health Workforce
There are simply not enough health workers to meet the basic health needs of all people worldwide. This prevents development practitioners from contributing to higher-performing health systems, as we struggle to make the most with the health professionals we have available, who are often concentrated in urban areas, working in professional silos, and failing to…