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U.S. Government Launches $23.4 Million Program to Improve Medical Transportation System in Mozambique
July 1, 2021 – On June 28, 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Mozambique launched a three-year, $23.4 million project to improve Mozambique’s ability to deliver essential medicines and medical supplies to difficult-to-reach communities throughout the country. Through the Commodities for Health: Ensuring Guaranteed Access and Reliability (CHEGAR) program, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will partner with the government of Mozambique and the private sector to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of moving, storing, and delivering medical commodities to health facilities and pharmacies in rural and remote areas. The project will be implemented by Bolloré Transport & Logistics Moçambique, Lda.
As the government of Mozambique has started to decentralize the health system, private companies have become increasingly involved in transporting medicines and medical supplies. USAID CHEGAR will work with private transportation companies and government offices at the central, provincial, and district levels to ensure that delivery of medical supplies meets international standards, including transportation specifics, temperature controls, delivery times, and records management. The project will also help implement a web-based delivery and vehicle tracking system, and a driver accountability agreement to better monitor performance.
Health programs such as USAID CHEGAR represent a critical component of the broader U.S. Government’s assistance in Mozambique. In close collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Mozambique, the U.S. Government provides more than $500 million in annual assistance to improve the quality of education and healthcare, promote economic prosperity, and support the overall development of the nation.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) leads the U.S. Government’s international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises. For more information about USAIDs work to foster sustainable development and advance human dignity visit www.usaid.gov.
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