Ambassador Van Vranken Remarks for the Launch of the National Supply Chain Strategy (NSCS)

September 26, 2023

As prepared for delivery

  • Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Edwin Dikoloti (Dee-koh-loh-tee);
  • Honorable Assistant Minister of Health, Mr. Sethomo (Seh-toh-moh) Lelatisitswe (Leh-lah-tih-si-sweh)
  • Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Ms. Grace Muzila (Moo-zee-lah);
  • Deputy Permanent Secretary for Monitoring & Evaluation, Dr. Onalenna (Ooh-nah-leh-nah) Seitio (Seh-eh-tee-oh)-Kgokgwe (Koh-kweh);
  • Deputy Permanent Secretaries
  • UNAIDS Country Director Dr. Alankar Malviya
  • WHO Country Representative, Dr. Josephine Nyamboze (Niam-bo-zeh)
  • USAID/Botswana acting Country Representative, Stephen Kowal (Koh-wahl)
  • UNICEF Country Representative Dr. Joan Matji
  • USAID Global Health Supply Chain Country Director, Mrs. Phetogo (Peh-toh-goh) Phoi (Poh-ei) and your team
  • Directors and other Senior MoH Officials
  • Representatives from the government departments at national, district and local levels.
  • Development partners, civil society organizations, media houses.
  • The USG team present
  • Esteemed guests,

Dumelang! Good morning.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to be with you at this event to launch the National Supply Chain Strategy. This is one of the many achievements demonstrating the strong partnership between my government and the Government of Botswana toward improving service delivery in the health sector.

Honorable Minister Dikoloti, we both know that supply chain is one of the key priorities in ensuring access to quality health care through the provision of medicines and medical products globally. I applaud your government for continuing to invest the necessary resources to ensure that the supply chain system is effective, efficient, and sustainable.
In pursuit of this vision, the U.S. government, through PEPFAR funding to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its implementing partner, the Global Health Supply Chain-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM), has been in a strategic partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Central Medical Stores (CMS) to strengthen the supply chain system since 2016.

The partnership has to date delivered, among other achievements: stop-gap procurements of health commodities such as ARVs, HIV test kits, and condoms; the Emergency Supply Chain Framework launched by my predecessor Ambassador Craig Cloud in 2021; as well as logistics information management system platforms such as the Supply Chain Dashboard and the COVID vaccine tracker. All of our support is intended to ensure the supply chain continues to be robust, efficient, and sustainable.

Today, we celebrate yet another milestone as we launch the reviewed five-year National Supply Chain Strategy 2023-2028. The Strategy will be the guiding document to ensuring better access to the right health commodities, at the right time, and with the right quality for the people of Botswana.

This will not have been possible without the trust and commitment that your government, and specifically throughout the Ministry of Health, continues to extend to my government.
Therefore, the U.S. government looks forward to continuing our collaboration with Botswana to support and strengthen supply chain management for health commodities towards improving health outcomes for its people.

In conclusion, I would like to thank all the different stakeholders who continue to make achieving health outcomes in Botswana possible.
Together we hope to make a difference toward building sustainable health systems and saving lives here.

Ke a Leboga and Pula!